When we see ‘double headliner’ on a poster our first thought is that both bands are having an ego trip reluctant to be the ‘support band’ but after watching two brilliant performances which showed very different strengths it is clear they were both worthy of the title ‘headliner’; it is also worth noting that having interviewed both bands there is not an ego in any member!
Tonight’s audience appeared like magic, literally coming out the woodwork, they were not to be found but as soon as first act of the two Vinyl Staircase stepped on the stage a healthy crowd appeared and kept growing throughout their set. Vinyl Staircase play big riff indie inspired by growing up on a diet of dad rock being played to lead guitarist Mike in his families’ car; try and picture what Kooks crossed with Iron Maiden solos would sound like and you’re basically there.
‘Vinyl Staircase, how did you create your own genre ‘indie rock n’ dad roll’ and somehow make it super cool!’
This was high octane rock n’ roll from the very beginning of the set till the very last bars of the final song. Whereas most bands may wait till the later part of the set to go out into the crowd (it’s a rare occurrence but some bands do it) Mike took two voyages to dance among the crowd. Mike’s first jaunt was thrusting his guitar solo into the jaws of the crowd thrashing around like a savage shark in full fight mode. Vinyl Staircase worked the crowd with charisma but not force carefully suggesting them to take a step closer which due to their polite manner the crowd did, and yep, you guessed it, everyone had a rocking good time! Reviews aren’t just about lead singers, they’re about whole bands and in Vinyl Staircase’s case the band lay down the solid foundations needed so that Mike can be the showman that literally climbs on everything, although not as many words can be written about them their rigidity is the key that allows Mike to unlock his inner rock god! Vinyl Staircase, how did you create your own genre ‘indie rock n’ dad roll’ and somehow make it super cool!
‘The Cheap Thrills play synth layered indie designed for stadiums and… it’s only a matter of time until you see them appearing [as] future headliners.’
As earlier commented, a double headliner is a night of two halves and man this was something quite different but equally awesome. Please note that this gig for The Cheap Thrills was marred with technical difficulties but with their magnetism the crowd stayed and with lead singer Lewis not taking a moment’s hesitation before playing a track solo the band learned the truth behind the cliché ‘the show must go on’. The Cheap Thrills play synth layered indie designed for stadiums and with their ‘cheeky chappie’ attitudes, resilience to keep going through technical hitches and the songs to back it up it’s only a matter of time until you see them appearing as arena supports and then future headliners. We’ll wait till next time we see them to give readers a proper review; a band that played this well with all the problems they had deserve better luck, maybe they’re saving their luck ready for them to sore up the chart as we’re sure they will!
Words James Wadsworth