Thursday, 31 October 2013

Gig Review: The FactorY October 2013 at The Roadmender, Northampton

Seven amazing young acts play "Northampton's own Cavern Club." This is my generation baby!
I was speaking to a guy the other day who was a regular at Liverpool's prestigious Cavern Club around 1960. He told me that although The Beatles played there over three hundred times in their early years, the band were appalling and hardly anybody in the place would pay them any attention whatsoever!

Anyhow onto The FactorY. I've attended each and every one of The Y Factor's monthly showcases since they launched back in May (you want a medal or something?) and it gives me great pleasure to say that October's was the best yet by an absolute mile.

Diverse, talented and incredibly hard-working, but enough about me we're here to talk about the acts. And brilliant they were too. From acoustic dazzler Another Summer to melancholy Mod band Glory, we were treated to some of the best emerging teenage musicians Northamptonshire can offer.

There was a definite emphasis on the mellower (didn't she sing 'Nine Million Bicycles'?) acoustic side of things: alongside birthday boy Another Summer were two imaginatively titled and audience captivating duos Katie & Jack and Rhys & George as well as charismatic popstar in the making Joseph Peacock.

And then The Hitch-Hikers. Ricocheting around the stage with all the confidence and showmanship of an Old Grey Whistle Test performance rather than a live debut, the bassistless duo (reminiscent of an early White Stripes or feistier Black Keys) and their dissonant whirlwind of punk-stained ferocity had the entire audience, including myself, absolutely electrified.

For the final band of the evening previous Y Factor finalist Peter Marchant returned to the competition as drummer and vocalist for the funk-infused trio Electric Eden, blasting out radiant titbits of rhythm-laden indie rock. WARNING: Dangerously addictive.

2014 is primed to be an exhilarating year to be amongst the teenage generation, and these FactorY shindigs are an invaluable opportunity for young people just like me to develop in terms of musicianship, confidence and experience, shattering our naivety and fine-tuning our abilities so that we may achieve beyond our potential.

With sixteen year old New Zealander Lorde selling multi-platinum singles and topping charts in five separate countries, Disclosure's debut album heading straight to number one with much critical acclaim and Irish teens The Strypes currently supporting Arctic Monkeys, who wouldn't want to be an adolescent of the 21st century?

Move over Granddad it's our time to shine. You ready yet world?

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