Drenge, Fentonville Street Band, Thee Mightees and a variety of DJs all came together for a good cause on Friday night at Picture House Social. Delicious Clam Records sadly must move from their base and what a way to raise money for them to find a new home. They have been a place for eleven bands such as Thee Mightees, Avida Dollars and Radical Boy to practice and record for the past two years, and using music in order to continue supporting new talent’s creativity really was an amazing idea.
Thee Mightees opened the set for the night with an indie pop sound, filled by contagious guitar riffs and a catching rhythm. Their two albums melt seamlessly together in this set, showing off the bands amazing song writing ability, with the occasional synth sound put in for good measure. Highlights from their set included ‘Shining sea’ and ‘Yoko’.
Fentonville Street Band shortly followed with such an incredibly rare and individual sound, a self described ‘Alien baby making music’ from Sheffield with melodic music and a blues based rhythm. This mixed with their intriguing lyrics, such as a song ‘about falling in love with a serial killer that was alive years before you were born’ really brought the crowd in ready for Drenge’s headlining set.
It was nice to see all the bands being back to basics, setting up their own instruments and coming into the crowd to support the other groups playing. By the time Drenge started setting up the room was filled, seeing them in such a small place truly showed what an amazing stage presence they have. The band played old favourites such as ‘I Want to Break You in Half’, and ‘Favourite Son’ before breaking into a new song. After hearing this I am highly anticipating the release of album 3, as it really demonstrated the bands incredible musical talents. The true way of knowing how good a Drenge gig was is to judge by your injuries, considering I came away with a bust lip it was unbelievable.
The fundraiser for Delicious Clam showed how we must support new music in order to keep it alive and coming. Without smaller record labels that help local bands and support their creativity, fresh and different music cannot be made. Supporting your local scene is important, and Drenge are such a good example of how far a local band can go.