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Having formed a mere six months ago, and almost selling-out their single launch gig at Gulliver’s is a colossal achievement for local band Crimsons. Commencing with a recital of Robert Frost’s ‘Nothing Gold’, bassist Lucas Berry aptly set the scene for what was to follow. Opening track and debut single ‘I Bring the Rain’ foreshadows the essence of the band. Sam Cartwright’s distinct vocals, allied with an underlying contagious beat, filled the room and instantly highlighted their potential.

The night’s bill, lengthy and brimming with local young talent, made for a slight college-band showcase feel to the evening. Kieran Dobson kicked off proceedings, his slicked-back hair and sequin jacket teamed with a style of music allusive of Alex Turner’s direction with The Last Shadow Puppets. This made it almost comical when the band broke into a cover of TLSP’s ‘Aviation’. The Velveteens provided a raucous, 60-inspired, melody driven sound whereas final support DUSST’s set, seemingly inspired by a variety of genres, flickered between pysch-rock elements and bluesier, jazz tones.

Covering the well-known ‘I Just Want to Make Love to You’, Crimsons tore it up, giving the classic a rock ‘n’ roll yet sultry and seductive twist. From the smooth and soulful cover straight into an up-beat, up-tempo new track, the band effortlessly embeds diversity into their performance, whilst managing to stay true to their dark-pysch sound.

Crimsons’ suitably gothic sound made the Halloween gig ideal for the launch of new single ‘Idle Ways’. Pungent guitar riffs cut through the mellower verses, whilst the beat laid by drummer Adam Kenny built throughout, resulting in a stunningly spectacular finale. The addition of Cartwright’s mystic vocals further intensifying the track’s hypnotic aura.

Gullivers itself complemented the evening; the plush deep-red almost crimson walls, the chandeliers and curtained back drop adhering to the 70’s aesthetic of the band with their flares, neck ties and pointed boots. For a band of only three members, Crimsons are certainly making a noise. They’ve captured the spirit of Manchester’s current scene and have given it a welcoming fresh, alternative edge whilst still hinting at their influences from past decades.

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Ellie Nolan

Manchester based Music Business student always on the lookout for new talent, hoping to enter the world of tour or band management in the future. Particularly passionate about indie guitar bands and loves a boogie. Twitter: @Ellie_Nolan_