On Friday night at The Spread Eagle, Blueskies Artist Management uncovered a few hidden gems of the North East independent music scene. Horizon, Lost In The Crowd and Lost Trends brought a crowd into the intimate venue on Walmgate for what proved to be one of the best nights so far on the 2015 York gig calendar.
Starting proceedings were Scarborough-based up-and-coming four-piece, Horizon. With a look that firmly placed them with the Brit Pop crowd, their sound was surprising. Their mellow indie moments were offset by some punky grunge reminiscent of Nirvana. However, it was the prog rock moment during the second track of their set when they were at their best, as well as final song Got To Get Away, which invoked The Levellers.
Next up were Saltburn-By-The-Sea’s greatest secret: Lost In The Crowd. Their set started with reverb and twinkling guitars that 65daysofstatic would be proud of, building up to a classic emo rock style.
Their layered vocals set them apart, with three vocalists singing with different styles and contributing different parts, which created a spine-tingling effect. It’s incredible to think that it’s taken this long for them to receive an invite down to York, and one suspects that it won’t be long before they’re filling arenas rather than pubs.
Lost in the Crowd
Closing the night were headliners and local boys, Lost Trends. Equal parts math and indie rock, their set journeyed along the spectrum between both. There was a clear influence from the Foals, but track Takedown was the epitome of dirty, grungy indie rebellion. Over-riding it all was a playful character and crowd pleasing sound, and their last track Buy The World had the audience jumping.
At the end of the night there was an appreciation that this was no ordinary gig night. Congratulations to Blueskies. They sure know how to pick them.
Horizon, Lost in the Crowd and Lost Trends played at The Spread Eagle on Friday 5 June 2015.