Reverb 1 – Darli Lounge 30/10/12


Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Diamond Bays, Stillia


So here I am, at Darli Lounge, a place a few months ago I never thought would be hosting live music. Promoted by LL & Pearl (also known as Ian & Lee), they aim to showcase the musical talent in and around Warrington.

 A healthy crowd greeted Van, the lead singer of Catfish And The Bottlemen, as he comes on ghoulish dance floor/stage (thankfully with the dance pole removed!). Unfortunately due technical difficulties, it is a solo performance and whilst the skill and quality of his voice is still great, the crowd is mixed between those watching and having it as background music whilst catching up with people.

It is The Diamond Bays first show tonight as a full 5 piece, and boy they seemed to enjoy It. The strength is in the presence of Joe Hatton and this lyrics. I have seen him play at Osale Rooms on his own and was a highlight, one again The Diamond Bays are highlights tonight with their catchy blues folk inspired rock. The songs are not the usual ‘boy meets girl’ tales, and with influences as far as  Bob Dylan, The La’s, Tom Petty, Hank Marvin, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Noel Gallagher and Pearl Jam, it makes this band pretty unique in town. Check these guys out at Osale Rooms (Old WA1 on 22nd December)

Stillia coming all the way from St Helens are a young band do a cracking cover of Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival). The vocalist has a strong similarity to the vocals of Alex Turner of Arctic monkeys. The song “When I’m Gone” midway through the set mixes all sorts of influences (Rolling Stones, Oasis for music), holds alot of promise, and that’s after just the one rehearsal. Can expect it to no doubt end up on XFM and not be out of place.

Adding a Beatles medley and Killers cover in for good measure, unfortunately with a out of town band headlining the crowd has thinned with many people having left. You can’t say that Stillia try to reinvent the wheel, but roll it along very well polished with energy (I’ve never been good with analogies). A band with a lot of potential! Stillia end the night on a mixture covers. They will be playing in Liverpool on Saturday 8th December, supporting Stece Craddock of Ocean Colour Scene fame.

The venue seemingly has put a lot of support into the night and the showcase features outside the venue, on the social media sites and on flyers. As the 1st of 8 consecutive band nights, will be looking forward to the acts that come in through the doors.

Lee Harman


The Diamond Bays

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