We are glad to be back at our old stomping ground after a long absence to see Honeyblood with support from Stoke band Fears Chella and female quintet PINS.
Led by Vocalist Andy Gannon, Fears Chella was born when he and bassist Tom O’Neill found guitarist Chris Hewitt and drummer Ben Tansey to complete their 90s indie influenced sound. Fears Chella’s debut single ‘Cool’ is your typical standard indie rock track, with superbly loud guitar riffs.
‘Cool’ was featured as BBC Introducing’s ‘Record Of The Week’ but now recently announced that they are working on new single ‘Girlfriend’ which will be released in the new year. The band is also supported All Tvvins on their UK tour last month possibly cementing a regular spot at The Sugarmill.
PINS are a female five-piece hailing from Manchester forming back in 2011. Singer/guitarist Faith Holgate, guitarist Lois McDonald, bassist Anna Donigan, and drummer Sophie Galpin released their second album in the summer last year.
The band played most of their latest album ‘Wild Nights’ with tracks ‘Young Girls’ and ‘Too Little Too Late’, the lead guitar lines extremely catchy, the rhythm section is smooth, yet heavy and Faith Vern has a great pop voice. When the rest of the band round up for the harmonies PINS sound unstoppable like a tidal wave of classic pop and wiry, angular guitar thrills.molding a bigger, more accomplished sound to their name.
They played every song from their debut album, much to everyone’s enjoyment they got your attention not only during the songs but in between them. It wasn’t just a set, it was a show. Making small talk with the crowd, and even taking items of clothing off during their set, don’t worry there were clothes on underneath if that’s what you was thinking.
Honeyblood completely mocked the encore ritual essentially sticking two fingers up and going into their last two songs. Honeyblood’s presence does show that they would be good doing an intimate gig as well as festival stages, like they have done in the past 2 years.