Gig Review: Ghost Signals/St. Buryan/Asphodels/Pacer
The Town Wall is not a place that I would usually associate with live music. I have seen it used as a pop up venue for Hit the North but not much else. But, regardless of whether it is a typical venue or not, it’s where I am to see Ghost Signals' headline sold out show and the second show under their belt for the marvelous Rhyme, Events and Promotions.
Pacer (Dylan Wake, Rose Callcott & Charlie Giaretta) are the openers for the show tonight, we've still got three more bands to come. *Rubs hands with glee* They come from a land where Sonic Youth are still making great records, a land where the songs could fall apart at any minute, a land where slackers bought a Beach Boys record. Thankfully none of the tracks fall apart and the harmonies are so delightful. Their choppy noisy guitars, solid bass lines and pounding drums are just a delight to my ears. No nonsense guitar solos either, just cut the fat lofi rock and roll. Perfect.
Asphodels are second to take to the basement stage in the Town Wall, a venue that I am now starting to appreciate far more. I am going in blind to this band, knowing only that they are from York. But I soon discovered that they bring with them a brand of loud, thrashy but atmospheric vibes to the show. I heard echoes of ‘Total Life Forever’ era Foals but smashed together with fuzzy 90s rock. And at the end, that noisy feedback loop could have gone on for another 20 mins and I wouldn't have minded. Sounds great live, catch ‘em if you can.
Now picture this scene, you are on holiday, you've just spent the whole day relaxing in the sun and you fancy a boogie so you go down to the local discotheque and there is a band on called St Buryan. You go into the disco and have a fantastic time…that’s how it feels to see them.
Seriously feel good indie tunes, with an air of pop punk about them played by a tight five piece band. Even as the band are tempted into playing a brand new song with lyrics having to be read off a phone, everyone is having a good time. This band need to be bigger, the tunes just flow.
As Ghost Signals set up their lead singer is adorned in a Catcall Clothing t shirt, the lovely people whose pop-up shop made an appearance this evening, I was so excited. I'd caught them at this year's Hit the North Festival when I was helping out and my socks where knocked off.
Ghost Signals are clearly at home on stage, and all the hype and expectation was warranted.
Playing an incredibly tight set featuring all three of their recent singles, ‘Hectoring’ being my favorite, all of which have received nothing but praise from Narc Magazine, BBC introducing and Spark FM. The older songs don't sound out of place either ‘Trauma Trauma Trauma’ gets an airing in amongst other new songs, which are of the quality to expect from this band. After calls for an encore and a thank you all round they end on...a b side! ‘Love. What. You. Like’ thankfully this isn't just some subpar track, in a parallel universe this would have been the A Side.
So as the crowd filter to the after-party, or the Funeral Party as it was called at the Head of Steam, or the Metro home. I’m left feeling fulfilled and my love of gigs rekindled.
Photography by James Reay