Musicians Against Homelessness

On Friday, musicians took to the stage at Fibbers in support of homeless charity Crisis. The result was an eclectic mix of some of York’s finest, including Laura Kindelan, Jimbo Doomface, Paul Bryce, Van der Neer and Lost Trends.

Review and photos by Graeme Smith

Opening the night was young singer/songwriter Laura Kindelan, backed by her band with Tim on bass, Joey on drums and Charlie on keys. Laura began her set with her song Fists before proceeding to get the audience warmed up with a charming set of originals and covers. The highlight came at the end of the set with Laura’s version of Everybody Says, a track originally performed by local duo According to Eve, but now gifted to her.

Up next was Jimbo Doomface with his backing band Electric Bastard. As the name suggests, Jimbo and his band were a heavy rock tour de force, somewhat akin to Queens of the Stone Age. The heavy riffs ably supported Jimbo’s own unique storytelling, with the set highlight being Cassanova, a song, in Jimbo’s words, about going to the fringe festival.

As the only solo act on a bill dominated by bands, it could have been easy for Paul Bryce to get lost in the evening. However, the front man of Rat Catchers Mallets clearly had his own following there on the night, with an audience that listened in rapt attention to his folksy northern tales. Most intriguing was the song he wrote while rowing across the Atlantic and the biggest cheer came from set closer and Rat Catchers Mallets favourite, in which Paul’s voice took on a Colin Meloy quality.

Heavy rock then returned to the stage in the form of Van Der Neer, fronted by local household name Simon Snaize. The blues rock four piece of guitar, bass, drums and keys powered through an accomplished set of soulful tunes with big riffs and a hint of Motown that got the audience dancing. They closed on a Jesus and Mary Chain cover that proved to be a real odyssey of sound.

Ending the night were funky math rockers Lost Trends. By the time they took the stage, the audience were nicely warmed up and the local boys provided the little encouragement needed to get them grooving. Lost Trends sound epitomised high energy with big build-ups and even bigger breakdowns. They performed with obvious joy and there was a palatable excitement in the room when they reached set closer DJ, a song that got national attention last year as the soundtrack of Channel 4 Racing’s coverage of Ebor.

Sadly, the music ended early to make room for a late night freshers event, with the audience eager for more. It wasn’t difficult to blame them, but with so much variety packed on the bill, they certainly hadn’t been left short changed.

Musicians Against Homelessness took place at Fibbers on Friday 30 September 2016.