Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A REVIEW OF SHEAFS AT FROG AND PARROT FOR AMP LIVE'S TRAMLINES EVENT - 26/07/2016


SHEAFS at Frog and Parrot - photo credit to Lewis Evans
From left to right - Lawrence, Charles, (the head of) Callum and Chris

 SHEAFS are a five-piece band from Sheffield.

Identifying as indie-rock this quintet were labelled a ‘punk Libertines’ by Christian Carlisle of BBC Introducing Sheffield because of their live performance.
 
Made up of Lawrence Feenstra (lead vocals), Chris Goodacre (guitar and backing vocals), Callum Wright (bass and backing vocals), Charles Mellor (guitar) and Charlie Eastap (drums) this band have been creating quite a buzz surrounding their live performances.
 
Their latest single ‘Punchline’ (released 18th March this year) was recorded and produced at 2Fly Studios by Alan Smyth (previously worked with the likes of Richard Hawley and Pulp). This single has received multiple plays on BBC Radio 6 by Steve Lamacq and also on BBC Introducing Sheffield.
 
Recently they played a sold out gig at The Rocking Chair and also played a Scruff of the Neck promoted gig alongside Manchester’s LIINES, Sheffield’s I Set The Sea On Fire and Doncaster’s The Blinders at Plug.

Charles and Callum - photo credit to Lewis Evans
SHEAFS Tramlines set was above and beyond the other times I have seen them, although they were great the first time I saw them and left me wanting to see them again, I definitely think they have gotten better every time I have seen them live.
 
Playing to a packed out Frog and Parrot at the event run by AMP Live, this band took to the front of the venue ready to hit their fans and other music fans with one of the best performances of the day.
 
So packed out was the venue, people surrounded the window to take a look in and watch the boys play.
 
From the excellent instrumentals of Chris, Callum, Charles and Charlie to the ever so brilliant vocals of Lawrence, Chris and Callum showed exactly why there is a buzz surrounding them.
 
Lawrence and Charles - photo credit to Lewis Evans
SHEAFS are currently without a doubt one of the best bands around in Sheffield at the moment and for me this was the gig that proved it.
 
This performance was the liveliest of the weekend, the atmosphere was also the best of the weekend – out of the sets I saw anyway.
 
Every SHEAFS gig I’ve been to has had everything that I think makes a great gig (particularly the Tramlines one) with the people there non-stop dancing, individuals crowd surfing and the crowd singing along and chanting ‘SHEAFS’.
 
When I saw the band at The Rocking Chair, the majority of the people there were for them but The Rocking Chair in comparison to Frog and Parrot is rather small. So although I knew that SHEAFS had a good sized fanbase, I don’t think I anticipated just how large it actually was.
 
The Frog and Parrot gig showed me just how large it was, and rightly so because I personally do not think there was one person in that venue during the SHEAFS set who did not enjoy themselves.
 

Charlie - photo credit to Lewis Evans

Despite Frog and Parrot being bigger than The Rocking Chair in terms of the venue capacity, the stage area is about the same size this did not hold any limitations over their set.

Although the band do not currently have any other gig dates coming up I am very much looking forward to seeing them again.
 
I am also very much looking forward to the four track EP that the band are bringing out later this year! They are definitely my favourite up and coming Sheffield band and their track 'Punchline' is great so hopefully the new material will be just as good if not better.
 
In the mean time you can listen to Punchline here:
 
 
Or watch the video for the track here:



Written by Sophie.

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