Having just celebrated his debut albums ‘Sweet Dreamer’ 6-month birthday, Will Joseph Cook has set out on the second and final tour of this LP. Starting with a trip to Preston’s LiVe venue in the Guild Hall, a first for this city and one that didn’t disappoint.
Opening up the evening was local lads Moon And The Beams, the quartet are bound to have gained a bunch of fans after a stunning performance on Friday night. With tracks like ‘Moth’ and ‘Eden Is A Red Row’ drawing ears from the back of the room, both filled to the brim with addictive riffs, catchy bass lines and floating vocals. They draw on 60’s and 70’s psychedelic rock bands such as The Doors while adding fresh indie and even a bit of folk into the mix, creating a fresh new sound set to take them far.
A GIGsoup favourite, The Night Café, were next up and as usual put on a brilliant show to get the crowd geared up! With the success of their debut EP ‘Get Away From The Feeling’ released earlier this year, it’s no surprise that most of the crowd were singing along to each and every tune. Their latest offering comes in the way of ‘Felicity’, heavy drums and dreamy guitars alongside Sean Martin’s instantly recognizable vocals, make it easy to see why these boys are going from strength to strength. The Scousers played a varied set including some older tracks such as ‘Addicted’ and ‘Together’, as well as the rest of the EP. Closing off with fan favourite ‘You Change With The Seasons’ which if you haven’t heard already is full of irresistible riffs that you can’t help but dance to.
The time soon came to the man of the moment, Will Joseph Cook, to bring his stuff to the stage. Opening up with the fitting track ‘Biggest Fan’, the crowd sang their hearts out with “let me tell you who I am, I’m your biggest fan”. Much to their delight the rest of the set list contained a good chunk of the debut album ‘Sweet Dreamer’, as well as a couple of old tracks including ‘Daisy Chains’.
If you haven’t heard the album yet, where have you been half the year?! Jam packed with anthemic pop tunes, while bringing a blend of indie, acoustic and electronic into the mix. Powerful lyrics, insane riffs and swirling vocals make this without a doubt one of the albums of the year. If you are one of the unfortunate few to have not listened to ‘Sweet Dreamer’ yet, stop what you are doing and go and listen to it now to bring a hit of sun into this cold and rainy autumn.
Mr Cook timed the release of his new single ‘If You Want To Make Money’ perfectly with the opening of the tour, joking “if anyone knows the lyrics to this one, I’ll be impressed”. Dreamy acoustic bleeds through the track with heavy bass and synths taking over in the chorus, a match made in heaven blended together by Will’s driving vocals. This is the first from a brand spanking new 3 track EP coming later this month.
The teen from Tunbridge Wells has managed to make a huge name for himself over the last couple of years. His hard working nature and passion for his fans is clear to see with his live show, not to mention the fact that he stopped to meet everyone who waited for him after the set. Closing the show with the huge ‘Girls Like Me’ got everyone up and grooving, the infectious riffs alongside the sing-a-long lyrics brought the show to the climax it deserved.
Tickets are still available for the upcoming October tour, catch Will here at a town near you:
Tues 17th – Brighton The Haunt
Wed 18th – Bath Moles
Thurs 19th – Bedford Esquires
Sat 21st – London Electric Ballroom
Sun 22nd – Edinburgh Mash House
Mon 23rd – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tues 24th – Leicester Dryden Social Club