Well, my last minute browse through the Leeds Cockpit website was definitely worth it! I stumbled across one of my favourite indie/rock bands (ONE day before the gig) and just had to buy a ticket.
We queued for 2 (very long) hours to make sure we got the best seats in the house (by house I mean a small, dark room with no phone signal). As we impatiently paced into The Cockpit, followed by hipster kids in Vans and turned up chinos, we experienced the excitement that the trio had brought.
They began with their debut single One Night in October from their new album In Search of Elusive Little Comets. The happy sound instantly got the crowd dancing, even if the message behind the song was actually quite dark. That’s what I l o v e about these guys, they can turn such serious, depressing lyrics into delightful songs that you can’t help but tap your feet to.
As the gig went on, I enjoyed it more and more. Their ability to present songs differently each time they sing them was just amazing. When it came to the calmer, acoustic stuff, they sung quietly to allow you to focus on the poignant lyrics. Not one of the songs sounded exactly like the tracks on their album, they mixed it up a bit, and that’s what you pay for, right?
Anyway, music aside, they had seriously cool instruments. Each instrument had lyrics scribed onto them in UV paint so they glowed in the dark. I was fascinated by the imagination behind the aluminous letters. Although, I have to admit, I was equally amazed by the ‘out of place’ 50 year old man not breaking a sweat whilst dancing along.
Unique is the only word I can think of to describe them. Their guitar-heavy, cheerful sound and thoughtful lyrics definitely got everyone’s approval. And they’re touring next year. I’ll be there!