On Friday December 4th, a packed Fibbers welcomed local favourites Glass Caves to the stage for a sold out gig, along with equally well-received support acts I Kept The Wolves Away and Sugarking.
By Michael Patrick McGleenan
Photos by Andy Argyle
First to take to the stage were Sheffield three-piece I Kept the Wolves Away. They instantly dispelled any crowd apprehension with their confident persona and heavy guitar jams, beginning with songs Take A Little and Howl – both telling examples of a fledgling band with a lot of potential. Frontman Dan’s powerful Yorkshire accent dominated the band’s driving melodies, with his uninterrupted chatting between tracks integrating the audience well into the gig. Their set came to a close with the huge atmosphere of I Cooked Her Heart, a song bursting with huge guitar riffs and the same powerful vocals.
The second act of the night were young punk outfit Sugarking, notching up the volume as the crowd filled to capacity throughout their set. No introduction was needed for the Liverpool based band as they strolled on stage and went straight into a fast paced set with the particularly heavy highlight Cold. Sugarking finished their show with Pleasure Of Being Offended, a song that showed their musical quality by getting everyone in the crowd moving manically at the end of their set.
Finally, the main event strode onto the stage to a huge ovation from the awaiting audience. Fresh from playing venues such as Leeds Brudenell Social Club and the Camden Barfly, the Pontefract locals brought their spirited alternative rock to the ecstatic crowd. With what seemed like the whole room singing along, songs Why Stay? andBreaking Out demonstrated Glass Caves upbeat indie style and the coarse vocals of singer Matt. When crowd favourite Be Together came, the dancing shoes were very much on.
The song of the night was the soaring, immediately recognisable single Go – from the band’s début album Alive – which the audience were told was to be the final song of the night, before the band were demanded back onstage for a three song encore (as well as a bonus stage invader). Glass Caves set was over in a flash of musical brilliance, showcasing some of the best alternative rock West Yorkshire has to offer. They are one band not to be missed.
I Kept The Wolves Away, Sugarking and Glass Caves played at Fibbers on Friday 4 December 2015