The Greystones, a pub which boasts the gravel-voiced Steel-city icon Richard Hawley as a regular played host to The Marshalls’ Sheffield leg of their five date tour (other dates include London, Leeds, Leicester, and Kettering). Support came from local indie rockers The Talk and the rough and ready Hazes (who this review will be focused on – unfortunate events led to missing both The Talk and The Marshalls). The Greystones is a very average looking pub, a bit out of the way of the hustle of the city centre, but the Backroom is an entirely different world, decorated with larger than life-size photos of Sheffield legends, such as Richard Hawley, Alex Turner, Jarvis Cocker, and Jon McClure. With that in mind, Hazes (introduced on Hooting & Howling here) took to the stage, looking out on the full room of other bands, family, friends and fans.
Singing into a microphone that Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Paul Weller (all heroes of his) previously sung through, Ryan Young had a lot to live up to but with true professionalism and a lot of laughter despite technical difficulties he did just that. Backed by the nonstop drumming of Jacob Lewis and the blazing riffs of Matt Collins, the front man blew through broken strings, and unexplainable screeching feedback on the speakers, mishaps which can throw a good atmosphere at a gig, but a few jokes and banter banished any possibility of an awkward silence. That sort of adeptness is really impressive from such a fresh band, it’s also interesting to see a band that can laugh off something and see the humour in it, rather than don the ‘professional musician’ poker face like so many others would. Noticeably, as it was a table and chairs gig (usually pretty disappointing these sorts) there was a distinct finger and foot tapping going through the room, the sort of indicator that the audience would like to get up and shake a few unmentionables. The song of the night had to be the Alice in Chains sounding ‘Great White’, the hefty drops and intricate guitar work hooks into your subconcious for hours (very much like Man in the Box), leaving you humming it to yourself on the bus home (can’t have been just me?). A real crowd-pleasing moment came from Young throwing in the well known Alex Turner “Tha knows!” during the last song of the set, setting off a wave of laughter while the band expressed their gratitude to the crowd, ending things on a very high note.