The first thing I noticed as I entered Gulliver’s was the tangible buzz in the air. The iconic Manchester venue with its high ceilings and shotgun house shape immediately draws your attention to the stage and performance.
The first band of the night was Carl North and the Lonely Hearts. Having seen Carl and his band before I knew what to expect but that didn’t stop me from being blown away by the energy of the performance. As always the band complimented Carl’s heartfelt tracks with ease and each lyric was delivered beautifully.
Next up were The Navettes; having previously been BIMM Track of the Week I had already heard one of their singles. I recognised influences from bands such as AlphaBeat and other early 2000’s alt pop bands. The Navettes offer something fresh and new; given some more time to find themselves, I expect a lot from these guys in the near future.
The last band, Mister Twisted, blew my mind! I expected a loud angsty garage band but what I got was a vibrant mix of Gorillaz, Alex Turner, and Less Than Jake – with some extra punk thrown in. They had the audience in the palm of their hand and oozed charm and confidence. They are a band I would recommend without hesitation if you’re in the Manchester area – interacting with the audience and smashing through the 4th wall, this band are a delight.
The Twins really put on a good show, I can’t wait to see what else they have lined up.