Nation of Shopkeepers continued their goodwill this week with two generous gifts to the typical trendy following they attract with free entry to first, Dark Dark Dark and secondly Far Out friends Dead Sons.

The expectation on Dead Sons was high with some sub-par warm up acts struggling to interest the Leeds crowd, which was unusually mixed with Nation hosting an art meeting the same evening. The Sheffield five-piece took to the stage, no chat, and burst into album opener ‘Ghost Train’ changing the atmosphere abruptly as they demanded the audience’s attention.

Currently in the middle of a UK tour after releasing debut album The Hollers & The Hymns, Dead sons have been subject to much hype recently not only due to the popularity of the album, but predominantly the level of performance in the live shows is outstanding.

Bernie on percussion gives the band another dimension, complimenting Joseph Green on drums with impressive precision. The same can be said for the rest of the band who’s timing is impeccable, playing their instruments well and sounding generally tight as they rolled into favourites such as ‘Hanhman’ and ‘Shotgun Woman’.

By this time, a group of excitable, impeccably dressed youths decided to make a side-show by throwing each other around and trying to crowd surf resulting in a couple laying on the floor and generally looking like a bunch of pricks. This though, did produce a wry smile from frontman Thomas Rowley, who just looked a bit embarrassed.  For a bit more background information I did overhear said youths after the gig bragging passionately about who ‘slammed’ the floor the hardest. Enough said.

Back to the show. One thing I do love about Dead Sons live shows is that each song flows into the next with wonderful ease; they don’t bother talking bollocks in-between songs explaining how this track was written about heartbreak or bullshit like that.

To be honest, it’s clear Dead Sons are going places, and fast. Every song in the live set is a joy to behold; they have a wonderful knack of slowing the pace down with a track like ‘Electricity’ giving the crowd a breather only to hit you with the ferocious aggressive drum beat of ‘Room 54’ soon after.

The show ended abruptly on ‘Hollers and the Hymns’ with Bass player Ryan Sellars and guitarist Luke Baker stepping into the crowd the play out the remainder. Even though playing most major tracks off the album the crowd did still expect an encore which sadly didn’t materialise as the band proceeded to pack away their gear.

A great gig from a great band and well worth seeing live. Dead Sons are still touring at the moment so make sure you go see them before they disappear before releasing their second album.  Tickets here.

Lee Thomas-Mason

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