Trampolene / The Night and Day Café, Manchester | 26th of April

Trampolene / The Night and Day Café, Manchester | 26th of April

The Night and Day Café once again proved why it is the most underrated music venue in Manchester. On Thursday evening the Night and Day Café hosted Welsh rockers Trampolene, plus support from King Kartel, Sophie and the Giants and Himalayas.

My pick of the supports acts surprisingly performed first, King Kartel is a Manchester based band with a lot to offer. As the venue gradually began to fill King Kartel conservatively took to the stage, but immediately grabbed everyone’s attention with their hard-hitting rock ‘n’ roll riffs. Once the audience became completely fixated on the band, their stage-presence definitely grew in confidence and their music became more powerful. Led by Northern-Irish frontman Hugh McCreesh, the quartet formed in 2012 and have since been compared to The Fratellis and The Vaccines. When their set came to a premature end it became clear to me that King Kartel’s music is like a smorgasbord of rock, from bone-crunching riffs to earworm choruses King Kartel have it all.

After a short fifteen-minute break, up came retro-pop band Sophie and the Giants. Hailing all the way from Sheffield, the first thing that struck me about this band is that they’re all incredibly young. However, as the saying goes, if you’re good enough, you’re old enough. I knew very little about them and I wasn’t expecting much, but they certainly exceeded my expectations with their own unique brand of indie-pop. Sophie and the Giant’s USP has to be the powerful and robust vocals of lead-singer Sophie Scott, her performance seemed effortless and it definitely won over the audience. I’m hoping to see more of them in the future.

Out of all the support acts on offer, the band on everybody’s lips seemed to be Himalayas. I don’t know whether it was the hype surrounding the band or just the atmosphere inside the venue, but I was expecting the third and final support act to be one of the major talking points of the night. Sadly, Himalayas failed to impress me. Even though they had a small legion of fans creating a large majority of the atmosphere, their music came across as overly repetitive and unnecessarily loud. The band tried to create a mystique around themselves with needless and dramatic pauses in between songs, their pretentious stage presence did not sit well with me. Nonetheless, I must give them credit where it’s due as they entertained the audience fantastically well and even ignited a mass sing along. The future seems bright for Himalayas, but improvements can definitely be made.

At 9:50 pm Trampolene entered the stage in the most rock ‘n’ roll of fashions. Lead singer Jack Jones bolted into the spotlight and soaked the audience with cans of red-stripe lager. How refreshing. Are you ready for some rock ‘n’ roll? Screeched Jack Jones whilst stood on top of an amplifier. By this point the venue was sold-out and it was obvious by the amount of noise produced by the cheering fans that we were about to witness a great performance. After the first few songs the gig began to remind me of the wild guerrilla gigs The Libertines used to put on, Trampolene used their brash stage antics to captivate the whole venue. Trampolene formed in Swansea in 2013 and have had the honour of touring with the likes of Liam Gallagher and The Libertines. In a set that included an Oasis cover and a Beatles cover, the audience was more than happy to scream every lyric right back at the band and even start frantic mosh-pits near the stage. The night came to a close with Jack Jones playing a wild guitar solo whilst sat on someone’s shoulders and he then proceeded to frantically crowd surf to the audience’s delight. Trampolene are an old-school rock ‘n’ roll band who are made to perform live, it’s evident that they’re on the brink of great things. Their live show is something I won’t forget for quite some time.


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