On Friday night Fibbers saw the return of King No-One with support acts Lion Papers, Alleyways and Faux Pas. With their rapid rise to success, this headline act didn’t need much by the way of warm up but the supports were on fire, despite a few technical glitches!
By Blue Wilson
Photos by Andy Argyle
First up were local lads Lion Papers opening with Seas of Green. This quirky indie acoustic duo comprising of best friends; lead vocalist and drummer Curtis Pearson and guitarist Jimmy Ingham twisted things up by throwing in an incredible cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy. Steaming (literally) and getting everyone dancing then with their ultra-catchy Something Special and brilliant recent debut single Beautiful Disaster. These two set the bar high for the rest of the night.
Second up was another young local band and recent Access to Music – Battle of the Bands winners: four piece Alleyways. The audience pressed forward to the American indie sounds of Passed Out and VIP with strong drum and guitar riffs and Barenaked Ladies style fast vocals. Funk bass vibes in Say What You Think and jazz undertones courtesy of guest saxophonist Will Gibbon – no one wanted a pass out after these first two acts!
Then came four more young, cheeky York lads in this their second year together as a band. Faux Pas, who headline later this year at Fibbers on the 19th of August, delivered high energy, raw, gritty, indie guitars, drums and vocals with original material delivered like a fantasy party band fusion of Placebo, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Smiths and Green Day. These guys were seriously on fire and their confidence poured off the stage from beer bottles.
The build-up for headliners King No-One could not have been more substantial but they lived up to every bit. With a nod to Radiohead, The Temper Trap and cups of tea, they swaggered on angel faced in white jeans and open shirts as if fresh from the set of Donald Cammell’s Performance. The crowd screamed in euphoric delight as this, again, local young band teased their way onto the stage then proceeded to clamber about it as if nothing was going to stand in their way.
It was apparent they have toured and rehearsed extensively as they performed an immensely tight and strong set that unleashed crowd surfing, stage-diving and ticker tape cannon firing a-plenty. Monumentally shaking it up with their performances of Philosophical, Alcatraz and Millennium, the crowd were then in rapture to the anthemic bullion of Gold. They got everyone dancing right through to the end with upbeat Stay Close and Constellations and a much demanded encore. All of their tracks were so finely honed and thrust upon the crowd as if they had everyone tie wrapped to a chair.
Faux Pas, Alleyways, Lion Papers and King No-One played at Fibbers on Friday 10 June 2016