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Live Review : The K’s Live at The Leadmill, Sheffield

With the world gone Coronavirus mad and society collapsing it’s good to see that music hasn’t been lost to the chaos just yet. Or at least that was the case at The Leadmill for The K’s. The Leadmill’s backroom is small but as the saying goes ‘size doesn’t matter’ because the atmosphere was electric.

Right from the go, you knew it was going to be a good night, when the first support act, The Crooks, got the crowd going. They are Chesterfield’s answer to Oasis and they sure can play. Next up was Andrew Cushin. After the lively rock from The Crooks I was worried that an acoustic act would kill the vibe. However, Andrew soon made sure that wasn’t the case. He’s a cheeky Geordie lad with an incredible voice that kept you fixed on listening to him play whilst having a laugh with the crowd.

With the supports over it was on to the main event. The K’s. And what a show it was.

After coming on stage to huge applause they immediately cocked up, greeting the crowd as Nottingham, which was then met with chants of ‘Yorkshire’ as they laughed it off and won the crowd back over with their first song ‘Got a Feeling’. The crowd was straight up, bouncing around. In the small room of The Leadmill, the band quickly disappeared behind a wall of outstretched arms.

The pace carried on the same with fast indie rock belting out from the band and the crowd dancing on every beat. With only a few songs released, it was good to hear that their other songs such as ‘BBC’ still have the passion that their released singles have. 

After a couple of songs they slowed it down a bit, having a laugh with the crowd saying that they’d become unfit and can’t keep up with crowd after being on tour. It’s the banter with the crowd that set this gig apart from a lot of shows. They interacted with random shouts from the crowd which you can only really do at these small intimate gigs, they do feel a lot more personal.

During this slow period, they played ‘Hoping Maybe’ which is a musical masterpiece it has you hanging on every word and feeling every note. Its also a showcase of talent from their lead guitarist, who solos with the most cool and casual attitude. Definitely one to listen to when they release it or find it on YouTube.

After the ‘Hoping Maybe’ it was back into the stuff everyone knows with ‘Glass Towns’ and ‘Aurora’ which had the crowd straight back to jumping around and singing every word. The gig was nearly over a little earlier than expected as when the band went off for the standard encore routine, I don’t think Leadmill had read the memo as music started playing and the lights came on. Quickly the frontman came back on stage and kept the crowd warm with a rendition of ‘Dirty Old Town’ while the rest of the band got ready and blasted into their biggest hit ‘Sarajevo’ and finally finished with ‘Dacton’. By the end of the gig he was crowd surfing and singing in with the crowd, they really know how to interact with the crowd.

The K’s performance really was special, before the gig I was worried that they could fall short where some many bands do, they have great songs but no stage presence. However, that was not the case here. The whole time all of them looked like they were enjoying it and doing something they truly loved and its that attitude that spreads into the crowd and makes an amazing gig. Even the support acts had that same attitude, which was great to see because as I mentioned at the start, the worlds a little mad and negative at the moment and we need to see passion and positivity now more than ever.

If The K’s manage to keep up these kinds of performances, then there is no reason they can’t be headlining big festivals in a few years’ time. Do yourself a favour and give them a listen, go buy tickets and experience it for yourself. And finally, if The K’s are reading this, release ‘Hoping Maybe’ soon, please!