LIVE: Evarose @ Sound Control, Manchester (01/10/2013)

Date: October 1st, 2013
Venue: Sound Control, Manchester
Support: White Eskimo / Attention Thieves


Taking to the downstairs of Manchester’s Sound Control tonight are Oxfordshire based all-girl rock band, Evarose, promoting their latest EP, ‘Elements’. Whilst also showing off work from previous release, ‘Creation Divide’, they aim to add another successful night to their popular headline UK tour with Reading boys Attention Thieves.

First to the stage are local boys, White Eskimo (**), desperately trying to shake off the shackles of having One Direction poster boy Harry Styles as their former frontman (no, seriously). Sadly, frontman Will Sweeny seems far more concerned about brushing his hair than interacting with the crowd, and whilst guitarist Roy Bennett works hard to harmonise with him, the intermittent flat notes make his task near impossible. This isn’t to say that the band don’t have catchy songs, they just don’t work the crowd and end up giving a disappointing performance.

It takes main support act Attention Thieves (****) to really warm up the crowd. Frontman Alex Green‘s clean vocals begin with the risk of being drowned out by the rest of the band, but as soon as he begins screaming he really stays in control of the performance on tracks such as ‘Prove You Wrong’ and latest single, ‘Take A Bow’. Providing a more polished performance with far more crowd interaction and a lot more life on stage, this band really get the crowd going. White Eskimo take note, this is how a support band should be.

X chromosome only outfit Evarose (****) take to the stage and immediately work the crowd with opener, ‘We Can Pretend Anyway’. What’s most impressive across this set is frontwoman Dannika Webber‘s incredible vocal performances on tracks such as ‘Glass’ and ‘Time Well Spent’. Providing something a bit different for the crowd, the band invite two members of the audience on stage to help perform an acoustic version of ‘Change’, across which Webber and guitarist Imogen Leslie harmonise perfectly making for an outstanding rendition.

Big-hitters ‘Cough It Up’ and ‘Best Left Alone’ really help polish off a great performance for Evarose. Whilst they might not have been playing the biggest venue, they still put on a top show pleasing everyone in the room and potentially winning over a lot of new fans. With live performances like this, it will no doubt leave everyone looking forward to their next studio release.

Written by Jonathon Barlow