Friars Live – Friars Court 12/10/12


The K’s, Kindest Of Thieves, The Razz, Catfish and the Bottlemen

(For those who were at Friars for this show, this will be a review that makes no mention of Peter Crouch!)

Arriving at Friars Court at 9:30pm (early for this Venues usual market), was pleasantly surprised to see so many people around, in time for the first band tonight, The K’s. Clearly being on first made no difference!

With a smattering of covers (including The Cure), they were was a great warm up for the bands ahead, and for a young band they carried out all the songs well, they need a few more of their own original tracks, their last song was a cracker however (even if the name escapes me!).

Next on stage was Kindest Of Thieves. Now the last time Friars hosted Kindest of Thieves on this stage, he was backed by the full band, and this is noted by Chris that he no longer has “people banging things” behind himself. This has helped some of the tracks to flourish on their own merit. Also good to see Chris become more confident on stage blasting out one song after another, even if some of the banter/exchanges between songs still maintain their awkward charm.

Breaking up the two halves of the set we has the customary mash up of ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody/This Charming Man’. Other highlights were ‘People Never Stay Too Long’ & ‘Still Around Somehow’ (co-incidentally, you can find these songs as part of [WAM]’s Acoustic Sessions!

The Razz brought themselves a energetic/ Loud contingent down the M62 from Liverpool with Model Abbie Clancy &… Husband in the crowd dancing away, in full support of Brother, John.

A tight rhythm section meant the crowd was in for a treat mixing early Arctic Monkeys/Hives together. They have a new single out soon so definitely a band to check out! The Razz will be back at Friars Court on 14th December with Exile Parade and the Cark Barat DJ Set!

Catfish and the Bottlemen were a band I had never heard of before the night but came highly recommended by the Friars Court Management. Fresh from Kendal Calling, this 4 piece were the most energetic and arguably best band I have seen play this venue in the 12 months since they have started to have live music. Having coming from humble surroundings (Llandudno),Catfish have toured the UK & Europe. Lead Singer Van McCann bounds across the stage full of energy whilst the rest of the band (all clad in black and white) hold the songs together. Good call Simon!

Collide was a big fan favourite towards the end of the set with time for another song medley in the middle for good measure.

Catfish are on tour throughout October & November and are playing in Liverpool with The Razz on 3rd November.

The night was still young when the last of the bands came to a end, and we went straight into the Monthly Clint Boon resident Dj Set. With Arctic Monkeys & Libertines providing the first two songs, you were sure to expect plenty of Indie tunes!

Overall a great night of music, loved by all including a certain Stoke City striker (doh!)

Lee Harman

The K’s
Kindest Of Thieves
The Razz
Catfish and the Bottlemen

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