New Leicester band plays first concert

by Kas Ellis

An up and coming Leicester band played their first concert on Saturday, March 12th. 

Robbie Childerhouse, the bassist for Leave Your Body Behind, performed with his two other bandmates at the SoundHouse. 

After only a month together, the band took to the stage with their seven song setlist, featuring six of their original songs. 

“It was nerve-wracking,” Robbie said. “It was extremely intense.” 

Robbie had never played with other people before Leave Your Body Behind, but once they performed a few sound tracks, his nerves went away. 

Despite a few mistakes, Robbie said the performance went well, and was enjoyed by both the performers and the audience. 

“It couldn’t have gone much better,” Robbie said. 

With all the excitement from the event, Robbie said it has taken a while to come down from the rush, saying it’s the ‘only thing he can think about.’ 

If you want to listen to psychedelic rock band Leave Your Body Behind, their music has been uploaded to Spotify, and they are planning on performing another concert in mid-May. 

Leicester band Dreamcage to headline home-town show in aid of debut single

By Alfie Linville-Sibley

Leicester three-piece Dreamcage have announced their debut single, alongside a festival booking and a home-town headline show.

Dropping the single tomorrow(FRI,APR8), the release will coincide with a headline performance at the Soundhouse, along with their first merchandise release. In a strong showing for the local scene, Dreamcage will be supported by both Dum Language and SKIRT.

“The really nice thing is everyone is so friendly and willing to gig share and have a good time”, the band said.

“There’s such a buzz around the local scene, so many people who would go to gigs as a night out haven’t been able to, you see fresh faces at every show, it’s great to see.

“We have a relatively small but very local fanbase who come to just about every show,” the three-piece continued.

The band also announced they’ve been booked for an hour’s set at Essex’s ‘The Giveback Festival’, a music festival in aid of charitable causes, this Easter Sunday evening.

The band said: “We can’t wait, it’s definitely going to be a big step forwards for us and nice to get ourselves out there a little.

“It’ll be our biggest crowd… there’s bound to be some nerves here and there, but once we get out there, we’re pretty confident we’ll just play how we always do.”

‘The Giveback Festival’ will run throughout the Easter weekend (April, 15 to 18) and will also see appearances by Toploader and Tinchy Strider.

Tickets are also available for their single release show via The Soundhouse’s website, https://www.thesoundhouseleicester.co.uk

Australian folk duo Charm of Finches announce first UK tour to include Leicester

By Courtney Stevens

On tour: Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes (Pic credit: Laura May Grogan)

Australian sister folk duo, Charm of Finches, have announced their first ever UK tour for Spring 2022.

The tour is to promote their third album Wonderful Oblivion which is available in the UK from May 6 via Anti- Fragile Music.

The tour kicks off in Oxford on Saturday, April 23, stops at The Musician in Leicester on Tuesday, May 3, and travels around the UK before finishing in Whitstable on Sunday, May 8.

Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes, grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and started busking and singing at festivals from a young age.

They made their first EP in 2014 at ages 11 and 14, later releasing their debut album, Staring at the starry ceiling in 2016.

They have described their music as being about ‘love, grief and whispering trees, with tight sister harmonies, and many stringed instruments.’

Mabel and Ivy said: “This album covers a lot of different themes and is about looking into the future.

“Our last album was about grief and processing the death of one of our close friends, whereas this album is about coming out of that and is more hopeful.

“This album explores the innocence of childhood, dreams and new beginnings.”

The duo are already well known in their home country, having won the 2021 Music Victoria’s Best Folk Act and Youth Artist of the Year 2021 at the Australian Folk Music Awards.

They were also nominated for the 2021 Australian Music Prize.

The pair are looking forward to their first UK tour and to performing to live audiences again after the coronavirus lockdowns.

They said: “We’ve never been to the UK before, so it will be a wild adventure, we don’t know what to expect.

“We’re very excited.

“We wrote and recorded these songs within the space of six months during lockdown, so it’s great to be able to finally play these songs to an audience.”

The sisters knew from a young age that they wanted to do music and work together and have spoken about the inspiration behind their sound.

They said: “Music has always been a part of our lives and we have been singing folk songs together from about age six.

“We both picked up string instruments at age nine and started writing our own songs, and it kind of all snowballed from there.

“One of our early inspirations was First Aid Kit, they started out young and we thought well if they could do it, so can we.

“We also love Sufjan Stevens – who is probably our biggest musical hero.”

You can listen to their music here: Charm of Finches – YouTube

Tickets are available now from:  https://charmoffinchesband.com/shows

Dates of Charm of Finches UK tour

DMU and UoL bands clash in musical Varsity contest

By Lara Alsaid

Tuneful students battled it out in a music competition last night(TUE,MAR15) at 2Funky Music Cafe as part of the annual Varsity contest between De Montfort University(DMU) and University of Leicester(UOL).

The Shipping Forecast was the first band to play for DMU.

Varsity is a yearly tradition where during a week, DMU and UOL compete in different sports and activities.

The DMU Music Society competed against UOL by choosing three bands from its membership to perform in the competition. 

First year DMU student Alicia Santamaria, who is a member of DMU Music Society, said: ”It felt exciting, this was the first time I experienced this. I have heard the bands that perform for DMU, and they are really good. I even voted for one of them to represent us tonight.”

The bands performed both covers and original songs with different genres, the most popular one being rock.

It was a perfect night to bring two universities together through a common interest for music. 

All performing bands from DMU and UoL together on stage at the end of the night.

After impressive performances from both universities, DMU ended up bringing back the trophy for the Varsity music competition.

To view performances, visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/DMUMusicSociety

Review: Easy Life at Morningside Arena, Leicester

Easy does it

by Abi Willock

“This is the biggest tour we’ve ever been on!” says Easy Life’s frontman Murray Matravers, beaming out at the crowd at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Friday night.

The humble band are clearly ecstatic to be home, bounding around the stage. They’re also proud to be back. “Leicester is the best city,” says Matravers. 

From gaining the hottest record title with their single ‘Earth’ on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show, to being nominated for three NME awards, Easy Life have rocketed in recent months.

This exceptional gig –  part of their ‘Life’s a Beach’ debut album tour – shows exactly why they have become so popular. Fans know how crystal clear their studio sound is, and their live performance proves to be just as striking. 

Matravers’ distinctive voice lends itself to his ever-poetic lyrics and the talent of Sam Hewitt is especially commendable as he switches seamlessly from playing keyboard to bass to the saxophone and sings backing vocals in between.   

Crowd participation adds to the vibrant atmosphere as Matravers surfs the uplifting hands of fans and shouted that he wanted to see “more people up on people’s shoulders” during Skeletons, a number that Easy Life performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in the US earlier this year. 

Slow Motion also creates a roar from the crowd as everyone puts their hands together and sparkling pyrotechnics light up the arena. Coming down on the rollercoaster of a show, the audience find themselves entranced by the beautiful opening notes of Temporary Love Part 2 as a sea of singing voices swayed along to the uplifting tune.  

Easy Life wow Leicester and are sure to do the same to cities nationwide on the rest of their album tour. Their homecoming show is a night to remember.

View from the crowd

“It’s hard to pick a favourite part of the night… every song was just fantastic,” says George Barrs, a fan of the band since they released their first single, Pockets. “I looked up at them on stage and realised, they’re just a bunch of guys from Leicester living their dream.”  

Elliott Luxton, who first discovered Easy Life when they were interviewed on BBC Radio Leicester in 2019, says: “They sound no different live, especially with their song Lifeboat. You couldn’t tell they weren’t in a studio. They’re almost better live.”