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Gustaffson live at Night and Day

GUSTAFFSON LIVE IN MANCHESTER – WHAT HAPPENED?

Friday night and a trip to one of my favourite venues was on the cards to see Manchester band Gustaffson. There was a buzz about this gig as the band have grown quite a fanbase since they formed back in 2022 by frontman Andrew Gower and James Webster.

I arrived just in time to catch RGM favourite Chris Bridgett’s solo set, his fifth solo gig since embarking on this new venture after the disbandment of his previous band Cold Water Swimmers. Since going solo, Bridgett has gone from strength to strength, producing beautifully written heartfelt songs that regularly win round audiences, and by the end of each set he has the crowd on side.

Bridgett’s latest work has elements of early Radiohead and an edgier Bright Eyes, but Bridgett has a unique way of getting under your skin with his lyrics like no other artist I have encountered. Disguised folksy guitar riffs do little to hide the angst and heartache of the topics that he plays so well. I predict that with a new album on the cards alongside his recent release ‘The Big Sleep’, promoters will be snapping him up to headline their shows. Check out all that and more right here on his band camp.

Headlining this evening were the mighty Gustaffson. This five piece really made an impression on this audience, with people travelling from all over to hear Andrew Gower and his band, with Gower the enigmatic frontman, backed up by David Gleave on Bass, Liam Morson on keys, lead guitarist and other founding member James Webster, and Graham Bennet on drums.

The band make music to be enjoyed and for their audience. Quite often you see musicians on stage looking like they would rather be anywhere else, but this band were destined to come together and make music. I could liken them to many other artists in some respects and there is definitely influences of Elbow with whom they have worked with in the past. It would not be fair to make too many comparisons as they have a unique, sophisticated sound that’s dreamy and transports you away from the harsh realities of the daily grind (you know a band have cracked it when they have the ability to do that!).

Their latest release ‘Champagne Socialist’ is out now to get your ears round. Make your own decision but I doubt you’ll be disappointed. Without a doubt one of the finest evenings of music, 2024 has a lot to live up to and we are only midway through January.

Gustaffson live at Night and Day

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