RGM hit one of Manchester’s hottest new venues CANVAS to catch three top bands, read on to find out what went down…
A 4-piece Indie Rock band take to the stage as the night begins. They make an instant impression with their head-banging guitar riffs and their bassist is reminiscent of Katie Lloyd from Lottery Winners. The loud shirts of the band match their loud drums and guitar riffs.
The lead singer is clearly having fun on stage, thrusting his hips from side to side, arm in arm with his guitarist, and the happiness is rubbing off on to the rest of the band, and the audience.
Olly, the lead singer of UNO MAS, saunters over to watch the first bands set, before they play their brand-new track, set to be released on 13th October, during which, the guitarist and bass play back to back, while the lead singer hugs the speakers.
Hollows The second band consists of 3 individuals. The same drummer from the first band, a left-handed bassist, and a shirtless lead singer/lead guitarist. They instantly remind me of Royal Blood, but with one extra member. Can’t exactly blame the lead singer for being shirtless, it’s a hot day, and I’d be willing to bet that it’s extreme hot on that stage.
During the first song, the lead singer storms his way in to the crowd, enticing the audience to dance along with him. A few heavy songs later, he invites the audience closer to the stage, for a calmer, more indie song, with slow lyrics, and a deep melancholic guitar riff, which shows this band’s depth of variety.
This indie vibe remains for the rest of their set, preparing people perfectly for the headliners. The acoustics in this room are slightly off putting, due to the concrete walls reflecting all the sound. This means that the vocals are muffled, which leaves people unable to comprehend what the singer is saying.
UNO MAS A cheer emanates from the back of the room as UNO MAS make their way to the stage, for a massive gig. The crowd rush towards the centre of the venue, to start a bouncing with the headliners, as Olly starts chanting “UNO, UNO, UNO F***ing MAS!” There’s a great reception from this audience, as effervescent sound is released from Olly’s Emerald Guitar. Bouncing is requested as the band attempt to heat up this concrete box.
Every time I’ve seen this band, from the tiniest of pubs, to big venues like Canvas, they always seem to impress. Every iteration of every song is improved every single time. And the lads know it. You can see the smiles on their faces, as the crowd cheers them on.
They introduce their brand-new song, Heaven, which is reminiscent of Sherlocks in the guitar riffs, and Satyr Play in the lyrics. Coincidentally, their lead singer, just so happens to be part of the audience. UNO MAS translates to One Group, and that’s exactly what this band feels like. There’s no disjointedness, or discourse, just pure, unadulterated, music, right from the soul.
The final song beckons, as the penultimate tune begins. Feedback echoes through the room, as the bouncing punters sing along with every word. Some Kind Of Feeling closes off the night, as a radiance from the front of the room, brings everyone closer together.
Now on to the Official UNO MAS Afterparty at Night & Day!