LIVE: Does It Offend You, Yeah? @ The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent (15/03/2011)

Date: March 15th, 2011
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: Tripwires, Hounds


A short absence from the public eye has made Does It Offend You, Yeah? and their return with sophomore album ‘Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You’ more eagerly anticipated as time goes by. With their tour coinciding with the album’s release, the buzz is fairly strong with the Reading electro rock outfit.

Openers Tripwires (***) opt for a more straightforward indie rock front, bearing similarities to Radiohead at their more basic and least experimental moments. Onstage little energy is delivered from the band, though the swaying of bassist Ben White at times is almost hypnotic, though songs like ‘Cinammon’ sound tight and solid enough to keep all interested in the 4-piece.

Essex group Hounds (****) are a far more lively and boisterous however, especially in frontman Olly Burden, sporting the look of a Lost Boys member crossed with a 70’s era punk rocker. His charismatic nature with the crowd and in his performance is what brings the band one step forward from the night’s earlier act, and adds that extra attribute which makes Hounds a more interesting live act.

It’s rare that the night’s headliners don’t match on par with their support acts, and unfortunately this time around Does It Offend You, Yeah? (**) fit into that group of performances. Whilst the likes of ‘We Are Rockstars’, ‘Battle Royale’ and set closer ‘The Monkeys Are Coming’ are all more than fitting party tunes, agreed obviously by the bouncing crowd from beginning to end, the act themselves hold a very one-dimensional stage presence. At times, the lighting display was a little more chaotic and interesting than what was going on onstage, and the constant “yeah” and “get up Stoke” yells from frontman James Rushent turn tedious fast.

Written by Zach Redrup