Leeds News & Reviews
Circuit tour - Rio 6, Monkey Steals The Drum and Superelectric
Rocket Venue - 14th June, 2000
magazine and Manchester's Charabanc Promotions have tonight arranged to bring
Leeds three of the best bands from the top Northern cities of Liverpool,
Manchester and Leeds. Tonight we are certainly blessed, as even tonight's "warm
up" solo artist b a x t a shone with his accoustic set and amazing vocal
quality, ala Jeff Buckley. A brilliant set to begin the night and to set the
stage for the forthcoming events...
First up are Manchester's Rio
6, a band who charmed us with their accoustic, country-folk style, a sort of
early Beatles brought into the year 2000, a modern rock edge on very talented,
artistic, accoustic base. And with the confident vocalist's swagger - "This
song's available at Piccadilly records...but that's in Manchester, so doesn't
really make much difference to you, does it?" - the audience get to see Rio 6 in
all their glory.
Next up are another amazing band, this time from
Liverpool. Monkey Steals The Drum have this week featured on the Peel
Session, after they were contacted by the show's famous host who was impressed
with their music. I too was impressed with their music, as they take the grunge,
lo-fi rock of the early ninety's (Nirvana, Pixies, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth,
etc), mix it around, add their own special ingredients, and finally serve up an
imense display of alternative rock'n'roll. The band end with a mental display,
that would make any person feel intimidated and scared of the Monkey's lead
Finally, up step Leeds' very own indie-guitar/dance cross-over
band Superelectric. Superelectric feature the best of the poppy
electronic music, with guitar, keyboard and decks along with the "indie" look of
the main man, the vocalist, the guy who gets so involved in the music you can
see every beat and every note through his on-stage antics - the on-stage show
matches their music quality. Imagine Stereo MCs, add in a little Soup Dragons,
and modern day beats and you can go Superelectric.
Review by Dave Sugden.
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