Review: RedFaces (plus support) at Sneaky Pete’s

It may be Steel City no more, but Sheffield has long been exporting great music. The latest addition to the impressive band list are the hotly-tipped RedFaces, four young lads who brought their high-octane sound to Sneaky Pete’s on Monday night.

Despite their age, this precocious four-piece have already been signed to a major label, played at T in The Park, released five singles, and gathered plaudits galore.

With a 14+ age limit it was a young, lively audience who squeezed into Sneakys, packing the place for the support acts.

First up were Edinburgh band The Mink Stoles, cosmic rock’n’rollers who took advantage of the early crowd and nicely warmed up the audience with a mixture of old and new songs.

Established favourites such as the quirkily-titled Tabby Your Star Is Rising and Poop Chute 100 went down well and new song When The Earth Gets Covered By The Sea showed this band have plenty more to come.

The set ended with The Spaceship’s Pickin Up Everyone – an interstellar organ and guitar journey which wins a cheer from a receptive crowd.

Next up were Trampled Daisy, who while only forming last year, still arrived with a posse of enthusiastic fans that electrified Sneakys and created an air of excitement and anticipation more suited to headline acts.

And they didn’t disappoint – from the opening Melt For Me the crowd were jumping.

My Desperate Friend followed and there was no let up as the trio raced through the ska-tinged beat of Cobwebs to the closing Oldtimers.

The songs are packed with pulsating bass lines punctuated by sharp guitar bursts, and they also found room for the slower-paced Kids.

It was a strong sound that pulled punters towards the stage and made for a lively dancefloor. Watch out for this band, they could end up making quite a noise in 2018.

The crowd were now energised and RedFaces took to the stage to a huge roar of approval.

The band blasted into latest single Messed Up, and from then on the audience couldn’t stay still as a torrent of sound hit the venue.

Office Girl followed, then Wise Up, and a new song, Funny What I Do.

It was a stream of hooks and harmonies – a hypnotic mix of melody and guitar and the crowd lapped it up.

The pace didn’t let up… the fast and furious Bottle It Up, the incendiary Kerosene and the raw Dead End Town all continuing to work the crowd into a frenzy.

They closed with a rousing version of Take It Or Leave It, leaving the punters sweaty and exhausted and screaming for more.

It made you wish all Monday nights were like this.

Words: Alan Hotchkiss

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