Huge rich vocals, trumpet solos and catchy melodies anyone? Well, say hello to Liverpudillian Americana-tinged indie rockers Red Rum Club! This is one band that if you haven’t seen or listened to I immediately recommend you to get them on your must-see list because trust me, they will blow your mind. What do they sound like I hear you cry? Well, they aren’t typically what you’d probably expect me to love, there are no Oasis/90’s indie vibes nor any punk undertones. Red Rum Club’s sound is unique, they are a spirit as well as a sound, think of a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack, songs full of stories of love and passion, beautiful tight harmonies with a western feel and trumpet.
They are literally one of the most exciting live acts around right now, if not the most exciting, and on Thursday night they showed yet again exactly why…
I had the pleasure of watching the band at festivals over the summer (Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight, Y-Not, Tramlines) and the atmosphere was insane, they always leave me absolutely buzzing for days after. The set at this year’s Tramlines was absolutely chocka, so it didn’t surprise me that Thursdays Sheffield gig was sold out. The first night of their tour, there were no nerves and the set was as usual, faultless. The crowd was a mixed bag with fans of all ages singing and dancing along to all their songs.
Made up of vocals, drums, trumpet and three guitars, Red Rum Club just ooze professionalism, superb musicianship and transport you straight into the wild-west with their high noon soundscapes and catchy lyrics. What I love the most about Red Rum Club is their originality and ability to lift you up, not many bands can do that but Red Rum Club instantly put me in a good mood. With a solid fanbase now under their belt there was a buzz of excitement amongst the crowd as singer, Fran Doran, strode out into the spotlights and kicked off the gig bursting into ‘Honey’. Laced with ‘Tarantino’-esque trumpets, slick bass and fast strummed guitars, the band were firing on all cylinders from start to finish. Fran mingled with the crowd throughout the whole set and interacting with the audience on a genuinely personal level which always makes for a fucking great gig.
The second song was Casanova and fans were bouncing singing and dancing, and they remained that way throughout the whole show. The band brought their exciting energy to the live performances of their album tracks including Calexico, Hung Up, TV Said So, Remedy, Nobody Gets Out Alive, Angeline, and Matador.
I’ve honestly never seen a tighter, smoother group of musicians, as always it just seemed effortless, as though what they were doing was easy.
The set seemed to fly and after a short break, the band came back to the stage for a three-song encore playing new track Kids Addicted, then Alone Together which is another favourite of mine. The band then whipped the room into an absolute frenzy for finale ‘Lonely‘ inviting crowd members onto the stage for a boogie. It’s also the first time I’ve seen lead singer Fran stage dive which was quite special.
As the lights came on it was clear to see nothing but pure joy in the crowd’s faces. All the band then took time to chat, take photos and sign albums by the merch stand, a lovely move by the band which definitely shows how much they appreciate everything they’ve earned.
It’s fair to say watching Red Rum Club is to witness something very special. Set for greatness, this is huge stuff and bigger stages await. For the ultimate gig experience, get to see them on the smaller stages now!
PHOTOS: MAL WHICHELOW
The band next play Nottingham next on the 3rd of October. Then the following dates, tickets at www.redrumclub.com
September 28: O2 Academy, Liverpool
September 29: O2 Academy, Birmingham
October 1: Clwb ifor Bach, Cardiff (This Feeling)
October 2: The Lexington, London (This Feeling)
October 3: Beta, Rock City. Nottingham
October 4: The Black Prince, Northampton
October 6: O2 Academy 2, Oxford
October 7: Waterfront, Norwich
October 8: Adelphi, Hull
October 9: Cafe Drummonds, Aberdeen
October 10: The 13th Note, Glasgow
October 12: Twisterella Festival, Middlesborough (2.00pm)
October 12: Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester (evening)
RED RUM CLUB ARE…
Fran Doran (vocals)
Michael McDermott/Tom Williams (guitars and backings vocals)
Simon Hepworth (bass)
Joe Corby (trumpet)
Neil Lawson (drums)