‘Crowd pleasers’ – a term that has held negative connotations in the past, as if it is below an artist to play for the satisfaction of their paying audience instead of their own self-indulgence.
Such negativity fails to exist from the off tonight, as openers Taffy provide their upbeat mix of tight-knit energy and pure entertainment. Hailing all the way from Japan on a UK tour to promote their new album Deep Dark Creep Love, they charismatically warm up Jimmy’s ahead of their local hosts.
Dirty Laces are a band that proudly wear their influences on their sleeves, and in an age where originality can be seen as a desperately over sought goal, their unfaltering ease towards comparison is one of their most infectious traits.
From the pacey rhythmic pairing of the bassist and drummer, reminiscent of high octane post-punk, to the Les Paul classic rock shredding over undeniably Mancunian vocals, there is no pretence; they are playing the kind of music that they love, and they want you to be as aware of this as they are.
Last release, Moving Pictures spearheads a setlist that is littered with nods to hit-heavy music of the past, (including Led Zep & Primitives covers in which Taffy members retake to the stage for). This demonstrates that their aim is simple and true, to please the crowd that had swapped their cosy homes for a rainy Tuesday night in a Manchester basement. Exactly as should be.
Dirty Laces’ new single Back of The Line is out today, and they headline Gorilla, Manchester on Friday 6th September 2019 (14+ show).
All photos by http://www.mikeschofieldphotography.co.uk/
Featured image courtesy of Dirty Laces Facebook.