York locals Pura Vida have quickly made a place for themselves in a growing crowd, having already featured on BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 6. On Friday, they brought their unique brand of indie rock to Fibbers to headline a great night of acts.
By Katie Manning
Photo by Hannah Argyle
Selby cover band Native City got the night off to a start, with a fun selection of classic indie pop favourites.
After them came 3-piece group Frames whose Cobain-like gritty lead vocals and slick basslines brought a cool, new, heavier sound to the indie genre. This, combined with a high-energy stage presence, even during more mellow numbers, built up excitement and cemented the night as one showcase of emerging talent.
Rounding up the support acts was all-girl rock group MOM, an alternative band with a grungy undertone that gave a deeper sound to the night, but with all the energy of the previous acts.
Then, to a wave of cheers, out walked the night’s headliners. Frontman Tom Hogan, was quick to fire up the energetic crowd as they burst onto the stage, and continued throughout the night to make the stage his own, giving everything to a lively performance. The band played a selection of songs from current EP Sundae, along with some new tracks, that demonstrated Pura Vida’s signature sound of indie with the edge of an ambient like lead guitar. You can clearly feel the presence of some of the bands influences, such as The Smiths and Catfish and the Bottlemen. With Summer fast approaching, Pura Vida’s up-tempo, infectious songs will get you dancing in the sun and have firmly marked themselves as a band to pay attention to.
Native City, Frames, MOM and Pura Vida played at Fibbers on Friday 31 March 2017.