The Deaf Institute is bustling before anyone takes the stage and with the bustle comes a sense of collusion. There’s a reason everyone got here on time.
Complied of Jamie Gallagher on guitar and vocals, Connor McNicholas on bass and vocals, Paul Tanton on guitar and Cory Devine on drums, the Dantevilles have been praised by Clash magazine for their “knack for melody that comes allied to an engaging, unhinged live show”. This is accurate; from the second Dantevilles take the stage, the synergy between the members is evident. Opening with ‘Perfect Place’, a track supported by both BBC Introducing Manchester and Blossoms frontman Tom Odgen, the Dantevilles ignite the room from the get go. The four-piece’s roaring, reverb-riddled rhythms, gratefully enhanced by the pristine sound system, are taken to levels beyond their recorded work. The level of intensity exerted into each song from all members is truly electrifying. “We didn’t expect this on a Thursday” announces Connor, addressing the bustle.
The vocal prowess exhibited by frontmen Jamie and Connor in ‘It Might Be Tomorrow’ stuns while the band’s latest release ‘Black Jack’ slams the room with a fresh wave of energy. The audience boos when the band announce that it’s their final song, feeling like they were just getting started. Nonetheless ‘Daydreamer’ doesn’t disappoint, leaving me to conclude that bands without two vocalists are missing a trick.
Next up is London-based band on the rise, Sea Girls. The set opens with brooding indie bopper ‘What For’ which further ignites an already lively crowd. Eager sways become frantic jumps as the set progresses, climaxing during musical highlights like ‘Daisy Daisy’and when front man
Henry clambers through the audience to perform from the bar during ‘Adored’. “You guys have been the best night of
the tour!” yells Henry to the adoring crowd, who have donned each other’s shoulders by this point. Following a brief crowd surf and a second performance of the band’s arguably catchiest track ‘Call Me Out’, the set draws to a close. The audience and I wipe our brows and catch our breath; the evening was unmissable.
Beatstream will be collaborating with Dantevilles on upcoming projects to be announced in the near future. Check out their new single ‘Black Jack’ below:
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