Little Resistance at The Basement

On Sunday at The Basement, local up and coming electro-acoustic trio Little Resistance topped the bill of acts from York and further afield. Supported by a diverse range of acts including The Glass Traps, Corinna Jane and The Retrospectives, this was set to be an intriguing one.

By Graeme Smith
Photos by Graeme Smith 



With Mersey-beat, surf pop and rock ’n’ roll influences, baby-faced three-piece The Glass Traps kicked the night off. Akin to the Last Shadow Puppets, their set of originals and covers gave a new twist to a bygone era of feel-good guitar bands. Along with their accomplished song-writing, the lads treated the audience to covers of Franz Ferdinand’s Take Me Out and The Undertones’Teenage Kicks.


Up next was Corinna Jane, supported by her band on guitar, bass and drums. Fronting the band as well as playing keys, Corinna herself stole the show with a charismatic and theatrical performance, invoking Gwen Stefani. She and her band delighted the audience.


with a set of ballads and funkier numbers, many of which feature on her new EP. They’d made a long journey up from Northampton for the gig, and it certainly wasn’t a wasted trip, as they’ve likely picked up a few fans.

Similarly, The Retrospectives had ventured from Sheffield to play. Although the lead singer’s voice was eerily similar to Elvis Costello, their style was more of a 90s indie rock band, including echoing guitars that brought back memories of Deep Blue Something’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s. For good measure, they also threw in a funky cover of Bill Withers’ Ain’t No Sunshine, which involved plenty of guitar ‘noodling’.


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Corinna Jane

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The Glass Traps

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The Retrospectives

It was up to Little Resistance to bring the evening to a close. Lately, the young trio have been making a name for themselves, notably playing at the Lord Mayor’s Ball earlier this year, so it was only fitting that they should headline the event. Their mellow rock was a joy to listen to, especially the early track A Way To Go.

Switching things up, Wise Up was a tour de force, full of reverb and bluesy sultriness. Single Hold Your Head Up was life-affirming, bringing about a spontaneous clap along from the crowd. 100 Days was lively and reminiscent of Lisa Stansfield, while set closer Steve was full of percussive rhythm.

If you know what’s best, you’ll catch them before they make it big!

The Glass Traps, Corinna Jane, The Retrospectives and Little Resistance played at The Basement on Sunday 20 September 2015