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MATILDA SHAKES LIVE IN SHEFFIELD, WHAT HAPPENED?

Matilda Shakes are an anthemic indie rock band based in Sheffield UK and formed in 2019.  The bands sound centres around punching drive guitars, raucous riffs, pounding drums and mega sing along choruses that get the crowd moving and entertained.

Their latest release entitled ‘Fast Lane’ featured  on official F1 tracks, and best of British playlist.

The band have played sold out shows in their home town, and beyond, with main stage slots at the Leadmill, and the 02 Academy.  I  caught up with the band at another full to capacity show at Sheffield’s Sidney and Matilda on the 18th of November. 

The crowd gathered around 7pm, eagerly awaiting for what would turn out to be a great evening of entertainment. The Vibe at the venue, was one of excitement, and happiness, as music fans slowly began to fill the venue. The downstairs room is where the show is held, and the crowd were eagerly awaiting the performance. the other acts who were supporting Matilda shakes were The levitation, a very young band also from Sheffield, who played a really nice set. ‘She lives in my the space of my mind’ is a classic song of theirs  that has a really nice guitar riff that sounds very much like 1960s garage.

Next up were main support act Marseille who played through a quality set of indie bangers.  stand out tunes were Freedom, a nice heavy noise riff orientated song, with a hint of shoegaze, reminiscent of the 1990s scene, and ‘Forget it All’ a song that reminded me of The LA’s for its dreamy feel and melody. 



At around 9.30pm the room was full of music fans awaiting the main act and it was hot, sweaty, and loud with people cheering, singing and having a great time.  Matilda Shakes blasted their way through an 11 song set. Stand out songs were ‘Up All Night’ a nice catchy song that reminds me of 1970s rock song with James Hallam lead vocalist/guitar in fine tune. And Kyle Sales lead guitar sounding sweet.

Fast Lane is a great rock and roll song, with a nice  ‘oooohhhhhh ohhhh’ that the crowd love to sing along with, and some great guitar work, and the drummer Charlie lee was  having a great time, standing in for Josh Clark who had broken his finger. it was nice to see Clark appear on stage to sing along later in the show.  ‘Shake Down’ is another great song, a nice bluesy number with Mat Webster on bass sounding nice, and again, Sales and Hallam cranking up the guitar work building to a fine crescendo that the crowd loved.

Matilda Shakes use the stage well, like to have a dance around, swinging guitars with crazy drumming. Hallam as lead vocalist makes a great front man for the band, interacting nicely with their fans, encouraging sing alongs. Overall the evening was a great success and long may this continue.

On a final note I am not surprised that Matilda Shakes are making a name for themselves, they make great Rock and Roll music, that has appeal, is fun, memorable and appeals to a wide age range. I would recommend the band to all music lovers, and those who love a great live show. 

📸 WORDS AND PHOTOS – JAMES WOOLLEN