After many successful nights promoting various upcoming bands, Manchester Mid-week Music Club’s latest residency at Jimmy’s debuts Stockport band Valve for their first Manchester headline.
Opening the night, acoustic act Luke Harber, joined by Olly Flavell, performed a gripping selection of original tracks. Sporting a strong, soul voice coupled with dynamic playing, it didn’t take Luke long to grab the attention of the room. Performing tracks such as Coming Home and Another Day- soon to be released, Luke delivered a captivating performance and was the perfect start to the night. Hydrocele were next to take the stage with their roaring riffs and floor filling rhythms. Using wah and grooving bass lines, the band made the stage their own as they powered through their high-octane set. Playing their latest single, Ready When You Are, the track’s ear-worming solo, driving bass and technical dynamics brought the room alive. Closing with Bite The Bullet, building up to a raucous ending to their set.
Final support of the night came from Stockport trio The Printers. Fashioning a refreshing sound infusing the likes of Iggy Pop and Frank Zappa and traces of The Fall, tracks Take it away and It Sits, took the audience by storm. I’m Going Home particularly stood out to me with it’s highly danceable bass line and the adrenaline shown throughout. Traces of punk and indie fuse together to make for a gripping performance. You can listen to the band’s debut E.P on Spotify.
Walking onto the stage to a packed out room, Valve took to the stage and unleashed their catchy, indie-Britpop infused tracks. With lead singer Noah powering the group through the set, their debut single Lilac Eyes was brilliantly received by the crowd. From the offset, you can see their high professionalism in their original material. Aside from their own tracks, they played She Bangs The Drum (Stone Roses) and displayed a concrete set to rival any band. Turning the night into one massive party with tracks, Looking Glass and Night Flower before closing with The Colours. You can listen to Valve on Spotify.
Photo provided by Garry M Hough