24 Kitchen Street played host to DENIO in the Baltic Triangle with The Kulaks and The Holograms for support.
The night was kicked off by young band, The Kulaks, with a series of songs that enlightened the room, it was no surprise that there was a lot of early arrivers to catch the opening set. When playing their song, ‘Coming Down‘, along with a theme similar of Primal Scream’s style, the vocals of frontman, Ben Harper also sounded like Primal Scream’s leading man, Bobby Gilespie.
A good arrangement with catchy hooks and a drum beat that made it hard not to move around to, The Kulaks set the tone for the night.
A quick turnaround meant we didn’t have to wait too long before The Holograms stepped on to the stage, meaning there was no lull or or chance to catch your breath after The Kulaks fun performance.
The mood didn’t change with The Holograms, as they kept everyone in high spirits with their feel-good sound. Beginning their set with an instrumental that nicely transitioned in to their next track to build up the angst their songs sometimes provided during their time on stage. Throughout the performance, they had the crowd in captivated and even pulled out a solid cover of The Stone Roses ‘She Bangs The Drums‘.
And speaking of banging the drums, The Holograms’ drummer, Alex Rothall, put on an impressive performance that can be compared to the style of Bloc Party’s original drummer, Matt Tong. Overall the band knew how to navigate a show, hitting us with upbeat and fun tracks and then not to overdo it and slow it down or bring a sense of angst into their set at the right moments with their Last Shadow Puppets-like style.
DENIO had been well warmed up and the crowd were ready for them by now after two great sets from The Kulaks and The Holograms. The bank holiday didn’t deter people from turning up either and 24 Kitchen Street saw a pretty good turnout for the trio of local acts.
The final band of the night didn’t falter from what was already a very entertaining night, providing summery vibes and exciting music that had everyone dancing along to. Frontman, Mike Davis’ crisp vocals, backed by great melodies and slick drums, DENIO are a tightly run ship that sails smoothly with their delightful sounds.
With tracks like ‘Cait‘ and next single to be released, ‘Do What You Do Best‘, there were hints of Foals in DENIO’s sound. The energy created by the Liverpool-London mixed band and the chemistry amongst themselves on stage, seeped its way into the crowd and it was hard for everyone to stay still or not smile as the charismatic foursome brought the night to a close.
The lead guitarist, Andres Hernandez informed the crowd that it was the eve of frontman, Davis’ birthday as well, which led to a rendition from everyone in 24 Kitchen Street of ‘Happy Birthday‘. Not a bad way to celebrate your birthday, by putting on an entertaining show and have a crowd wishing you a happy birthday.
Those that ventured down to the Baltic Triangle last night weren’t disappointed as all three bands displayed their music in spectacular style, without one band particular stealing the show.
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