THE JAPANESE HOUSE played the ever so famous Leadmill in Sheffield as the second venue choice of her 2016 UK tour. I have been to the Leadmill a couple of times to which I like the intimacy of the small venue, where you have the opportunity to see the performance up close. I can safely say that this particular gig was one of the best I have been to.
The one support act I managed to see was Issac Gracie. I'd never heard of his music, so it was the first time hearing him. At first glance when he came on stage, I thought he could've been the 4th member of Hanson, with his shoulder length blonde hair and over-sized jumper. His stage presence seemed quite shy to start with, but once he started to perform, you were able to see and hear the passion and confidence in his singing. Every song that he sang was exceptionally well written and you knew he meant every word he'd wrote.
I managed to comfortably get myself to the front so I could take everything in, as my 4''11 self only has a limited amount of perks when it comes to gigs.
Amber Bain - known as The Japanese House came on stage sporting a double denim outfit and converse and was accompanied by her drummer and keyboard player - Freddy and Will.
They kicked off their set list with 'Clean' which is a song I have heard many times and loved and 'Pools' - a song I couldn't wait to hear live as it was produced by George Daniel and Matt Healy of The 1975.
If I could describe the atmosphere in one word, it would be chilled, which is something that I've not witnessed at a gig before. Normally I would be in the middle of a mosh pit or screaming the lyrics back to the performer, but this time I was able to just watch and listen and was put in an almost hypnotized mind set with Amber's' ethereal voice.
I was very impressed with set list choices and almost didn't want the set to ever end. The Leadmill and it's audience were also privileged at the end with an exclusive first hearing of a new song with the temporary name 'Leon' - a song that I am eager to hear again.
The two ways I know when I really like an artist/band, is whether I like the whole album or every piece of music they produce and whether they are good live. I know now that The Japanese House are one of those as well as Issac Gracie.
Hands down an amazing gig and I can't wait to see The Japanese House again supporting The 1975 in Manchester.
- Meg x