A very hot and sticky Tuesday night sees my favourite venue, The Deaf Institute play host to Glasgow’s Hunter & The Bear on their debut album tour. When I discovered who the support acts were for the night, I found myself questioning the line up, however Model Aeroplanes and Tremors were in fact the best part of the night.
Kicking off to the small amount of people who'd braved the heat were Manchester’s own Tremors. Despite the room being quiet, the 5 piece played a set filled with melodic, shoegaze-ish riffs. Debut single Go Steady was easily the highlight, creating an atmosphere which managed to really grab my attention. Despite the small and almost silent crowd, Tremors brought a cheerful energy to the stage and seemed easily capable of performing higher up the line-up. Definitely a band I'll be looking out for in the future.
Main support came from Dundee’s Model Aeroplanes. Without a doubt the most energetic of the night, they’re certainly who you’d expect to find supporting a band who’s main influences come from the likes of Dire Straits and Led Zeppelin, however if it wasn’t for them and Tremors on the line up, I would have been wishing I’d stayed in a beer garden rather than spending the night at Deaf Institute.
With the crowd being primarily older fans, (feeling slightly more like a Take That crowd than I’m used to seeing) the energetic indie pop definitely didn’t receive quite the reception it deserved. Awkward silences followed the band’s between song jokes, but they managed to recover well with their fresh, infectious riffs. The perfect match for such a warm summer day.
By the time the headliners came to the stage, the room had filled up a reasonable amount. I had no idea what to expect from Hunter & The Bear having never heard them before, but it didn’t take long for me to realise I was a little out of place. Within a few moments of the first song 90% of the crowd was dancing, with some questionable fist pumping and head banging flowing throughout.
The first thing that springs to my mind when I try to describe the sound of the night is simply Nickelback. Huge rock riffs with driving drum beats sounded huge in the intimate space of Deaf Institute, certainly pleasing the dedicated fans clothed in the band’s merchandise. For me personally I struggled to enjoy the set, but that comes down to personal tastes.
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