Clean Cut Kid – Sound Control, Manchester, UK (12th May 2017)

Clean Cut Kid almost brought the crowd to tears, with their pure class and emotional songs. Their delivery was so amazing, it was hard not to be totally drawn in by their addictive and thoroughly unique sound.

The Liverpool based 4 piece embarked on tour having only released a few singles to date, but as the tour progressed the fans were delighted with a brand-new debut album! The four-piece rolled into a sold-out Manchester Sound Control to greet them; it is no surprise that their debut album caught so much attention, particularly from BBC Radio 1. Not only did they advocate themselves and their wonderful sound, they showcased some of Britain’s up and coming talent: TRASH and Get Inuit.

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Very confusingly, the two support acts were clearly very well acquainted, wearing each other’s merchandise and all, meaning it took a while to work out who was who… However, despite this initial confusion, TRASH was the first group to grace the Manchester stage, bringing a distinctive sound and raw emotion that really gripped the crowd. TRASH, with their rather misleading name, are nothing of the sort, creating a similar sound to that of The Magic Gang, which is surely going to see them blow up throughout 2017 and already bagging a slot at Derbyshire’s YNOT festival later this year.

Get Inuit, after a short break, greeted a much larger Manchester crowd, definitely not a gig worth just heading down to for the main headliners! As with many shows, you never know what you are going to miss, I certainly always leave wanting to check out one of the new names on show that night. Get Inuit certainly left that willingness to hear more! Get Inuit have truly lit up over 2017, bagging numerous support shows with both Clean Cut Kid and the likes of Ash, with festival shows at 2000 Trees mingled within as well. The Kent four-piece certainly reigned supreme on the stage during their set, really showing off their alternative style; a trick which worked perfectly for warming the crowd up, ready for the headliners Clean Cut Kid.

The cute and perfectly tucked away venue that Sound Control is, certainly fitted in with Clean Cut Kid’s musical aesthetic, drawing a rather tame but thoroughly expectant crowd and thoroughly uplifting their night. Writing songs so out of sync from most other bands of the time, it’s as if Clean Cut Kid know something about how to please a crowd that the rest of them don’t.  Kicking of the show with one of their first releases ‘Pick Me Up’ to get the show going, then continuing with a few more of their older songs that the crowd really appreciated. Clean Cut Kid expressed throughout the show their thanks for all the support, and that the gig was a way of giving back “we just want you all to be happy!” Even dropping in the fact that lead singer Mike Halls will shave his beard off if the alum reaches top 10 in the charts; it would be a tall order to shave all of it that off!

Clean Cut Kid continued their splendid show, including loads of new tracks from their album, filling their hour slot perfectly with exactly what the audience wanted to hear. Playing their most catchy tunes including Felt and Evelyn, depicting some addictive guitar riffs, bassline and infectious harmony hooks, they really brought the bands emotion to light and it was easy to empathise through their poignant lyrics. Clean Cut Kid’s year has certainly kicked off with a bang, obviously featuring their amazing debut albums and numerous support tours as well, starting off with supporting The Kooks– a thoroughly amazing opportunity for them. Along with this and heading into summer, the festival season looks bright: playing at YNOT festival; TRNSMT and 110 above festival. The future surely looks really promising.


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