Returning to Manchester under a new alias Gilla Band (formally known as Girl band) hit one of the city’s newest venues. Canvas, situated just off Oxford road has played host to a number of high-profile bands since its opening including the city’s annual Psych Fest back in September. 

Supporting Gilla Band were Manchester’s post-punk, brutal pop trio Mandy Indiana, who had the support of a full crowd that had packed into Canvas’s moderate floorspace.

Drawing influence from cinematic experimental and electronica, the band cover a number of genres leaving their sound certainly open to interpretation. Valentine Caulfield is the perfect lead, sassy and with a stunning voice that cuts through the audience and a fairly dramatic light show making you feel like you’re in a much more intimate venue. 

Gilla Band are in the midst of a European tour and tonight then returned to Manchester fresh from the launch of their latest album ‘Most Normal’ which is the bands third album to date. Dara Kiely’s lyrics are hilariously absurd which works, especially in tracks such as ‘Bin Liner Fashion’ and ‘Post Ryan’. The set list was a rollercoaster of noise, teamed with dramatic strobe lighting which enhanced Kiely’s gritty vocals. The guitar sound was fucking insane, certainly one of the better venues for sound quality in the city, with massive distortion and huge climaxes which tore through the crowd at ear-rattling levels. 

The first half was much stronger in delivery, however, the second part of the set started to feel somewhat repetitive. There were however some highlights towards the end with the band revisiting their previous albums, playing ‘Why Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage’ and ‘Pears For Lunch. 

The band continues their European tour and have a handful of UK dates left before they kick off the overseas leg starting in France next month. You can find more information about all things Gilla on their official website here https://gillaband.com