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It was always destined to be a huge night for the alternative four-piece, returning to their hometown with their first gig of 2018. But it was well worth the wait. I can remember watching the band for the first time last year, but how they’ve grown in this short space of time is incredible – they are blossoming into a new band completely.  They have even recently attracted the attention of BBC Introducing.

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Joseph Williamson of Saints Among Us. Credit: Lazor Photography

From the very outset, the crowd was gripped with suspense as synths filled the venue, gradually flowing into their first original song of the night, the heavily anticipated CRIMINAL, which is due to be released soon. The set, cleverly put together, had backing tracks running throughout which had quite clearly had been worked over meticulously for some time, something that would be  expected of a much larger scale gig, maybe even that of an arena. The set included a range of both original material and covers that complemented each other brilliantly, even including old reworked classics such as Jolene by Dolly Parton and Purple Rain by Prince, played as their encores.

Joseph Williamson thundered through the set with heavy grooves, whilst Adam Waggot kept things fast paced with aggressive fills and kick drum beats. Maddy Chesman impressed the crowd with a seemingly limitless vocal range which, in particular, took the cover of Seven Nation Army to a totally new level. Brad Waggot, performed tirelessly, putting his bluesy gritty style over both the covers and originals.

Big things are to be expected from Saints Among Us this next year as they keep the ball rolling into 2018, with fans clamouring for gig tickets, just as they did for this one . The next single CRIMINAL is available on all streaming services on 30/1/18 and is highly anticipated. Their next gig is being held at The Venue, Selby on the 23rd of February.

Keep up to date with their upcoming gigs and progress on the links below:

https://www.facebook.com/saintsamongusband/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgrQCspWlZ8paVOghUSlylQ

https://www.instagram.com/saintsamongusband/

Jay Burfield

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