WHERE: The Workers Club
ARTISTS: Colour & Shade, The Motion Below, Vermont & Everlyne
REVIEW BY MIKEY MOORE
I remember a time before COVID where bands would avoid weekday shows due to the difficulty in pulling crowds on a worknight. Fast forward to 2021 however and it seems people are no longer taking live music for granted as the room was packed and lively for Colour & Shade’s new EP launch at The Workers Club. The event was a tight ship run by Luana at Backbeat Media, armed with a talented and diverse lineup promising all punters in attendance a huge evening. The atmosphere was super positive with many hugs being exchanged, everyone greeting the usual familiar faces spotted at gigs like old friends. For some, this was their first show out of lockdown and the energy felt like one of communion!
Kicking off the night were Everlyne who I unfortunately wasn’t able to see as I was stuck in traffic. I did speak to a few other people who did catch their set who said despite some technical difficulties with the bass, put on a highly energetic and infectious set which had the early arrivals bopping their heads.
Next up were Vermont who have been a rising name within the scene. Unfortunately suffering the same technical difficulties with bass as Evelyne, the boys forged ahead, running through a gauntlet of tunes new and old including new single ‘Erased’ and my personal favourite ‘Ruin’. I’ve been watching these boys play for the last few years and their growth as a band is amazing to see. With a veteran confidence and great live presence, I think these guys are on the precipice of breaking out and becoming a headline act, especially with how well their new single is doing.
Well respected and hyped post-hardcore outfit The Motion Below then took the stage who seemed to channel some frustrated energy from some cancelled gigs into a ferocious set that turned the intensity up to 11. Some really great RnB flavours and flourishes really set these boys apart from the pack and the dual interplay between clean singers is very refreshing to see done well, especially evident in their newest track ‘Dead Ends’. Lead vocalist Thomas Katgert was a pleasure watch, effortlessly switching between his caged animal vocal performances and witty banter. These guys are another veteran act poised to take some big steps in 2021 and beyond.
With 3 bands down, it was now on to post hardcore stalwarts Colour & Shade to finish off the night and while energy was high, the night was a bittersweet one for them as it was their final show with vocalist Tim Greenwood. This didn’t appear to dampen any spirits though as the band put on their most spirited and energetic set yet, running through a number of tracks from their band new EP Hostile Ground and choice cuts from their 2017 debut album. The pit was active and it’s clear C&S have a great following who were clearly very grateful to see the fellas back in action.
New single ‘Equilibrium’ really set the pace and the band exuded an emotional nostalgia running through the older songs which clearly still hold a special place for them. There was even some monster guesties from one of the younger punters in the crowd who took a quick break from moshing to give some nasty gutturals and piercing highs to give unclean vocalist/guitarist Zak Knight a quick break from shredding those vocal chords.
They finished the set and took a quick moment to give vocalist Tim Greenwood his final moments in the lights. He said his final goodbyes, clearly drinking in the special moment before giving Zak an endearing fist bump and walking off stage for the final time.
Upon speaking to the boys, they assure me the band isn’t slowing down and this is only the beginning of things to come. I for one, can’t wait to see where this new record takes them.
All in all, what was a cold and miserable Thursday night outside was an extremely fun and positive night inside the workers club. With a stacked bill, beers flowing and a room full of old friends, what more could you want? Live music is officially back and I can’t wait for hundreds of nights like these to come.
REVIEW BY MIKEY MOORE.
Check out the below playlist to hear tracks from each of the bands from the night. Also be sure to follow them on your socials to stay updated on future shows/releases!