- The Shed
Another drab Leicester evening and another round of local bands to review.
Ive decided that if I cant say anything nice, then I wont
say it. So, Im not reviewing the other 4 bands that played here
..no siree bob. However, a sparkle in the coal-face of the
rock and roll universe that is Leicester arrived in the face of
new(ish) band called Arms
For starters, theyve got three guitarists
signifies disaster, but when handled in such interesting and quite dirty
ways, this sounded massive and intimate in equal doses.
Secondly, the singer (Daryl ) can bloody well sing! He has a very effeminate
way with his voice box seamlessly drifting from whispered loveliness to
full on octave spanning power (not in a Mariah Carey kindaway neither).
Oh, yes, and theyve got songs, too. Opening trio of Miss Magdalane,
Cellophane and Skateboards introduce us all to
a truly original band with sympathy to the songs in their arrangements.
Madness and Faith treat us all to a classic heartfelt love
song, and set-closer Ghost is a fantastic quiet-loud (tho
no Nu-Metal thank the lord ) number with all 5 Arms boys playing one note
to dramatic effect.
With half the set containing the strongest songs this side of Bacherach
and the other half giving out Badly Drawn Sleaze, Arms
reach out and either hug you all. Or punch you in the teeth.