To say that the last few hours prior to tonight’s show at The Old England was ‘a complete faff’ is an understatement. Shitty gym session, miserable weather and to top it off, we lose our bearings (got off 2 bus stops after) so we end up rushing all the way back up Gloucester Road – but hey, at least we got some exercise? Either way, due to all the commotion we finally arrive at the venue only to miss support acts The Dolce Vita and No Violet (we’re truly sorry!). But we hear good things from everyone, and the folks over at Hide The Line said some very ace words about their sets which you can read here.
Moving on. We’re here, we’re dry, beers in hand and ready to celebrate local label Leisure Records first music event. Already it’s hot, sweaty and packed with people. The label owners tell us that they’re selling out of merch and the bands so far have been brilliant; all the more reason to get pumped for the long-awaited return of Bournemouth rockers LEECHES. The three-piece are no strangers to Bristol having been in and out of the city playing live shows; taking over the scene with their sweet and direct combinations of grunge, fuzz and noise. Tonight though, we can all say that Bristol is very much their home as the affection from the crowd couldn’t be more obvious.
The band leave no time to waste as they launch into swirling soundscapes, performing songs from debut EP Strange Bonds and more. Loud and bursting with energy, it’s not long till the crowd begin to shake and mosh pits erupt. Thrashing guitars, howling vocals and charisma to the max; LEECHES are on top form and we’re taking it all in. All the favourites feature, including hit songs ‘Inside Voices’ and ‘Regular’. Then to add more fun to the mix, there’s a guest appearance from LICE’s bassist Gareth and crowdsurfing galore with one or two of the Leisure Records team getting stuck in on the action.
Overall, it was one big party celebrating Leisure Records and the bands involved, and it was a scorcher of a show! A successful night all round, and only just the begin of exciting times ahead for the Bristol label.