Venue: Leeds Met
Review by: Katie Grant
IT’S a refreshing change watching live music in a small and intimate venue – instead of the big stage of a summer festival.
Leeds Met University union is small enough for you to get close enough to the band and see the action on stage.
And is just big enough to create a good atmosphere and allow some crowd camaraderie.
First on stage was Detroit Social Club who are actually from Newcastle.
The six-piece band have supported big names from Oasis to Primal Scream and are hotly tipped to be big next year.
Lead singer David Burn sings loud anthemic melodies set over pounding guitar riffs.
The Geordie rockers are reminiscent of Kasabian with their omnipresent soulful chants sung back to them by the crowd.
All those lingering in the bar flooded in when established Aussie indie rockers Jet came on stage. Brimming with energy, the band played a polished and effortless rock ‘n’ roll set.
The gig included all the favourites including Get What You Need which sounds remarkably like Primal Scream’s Get Your Rocks Off. And feel-good fast-paced tracks Are you gonna be my girl and Roll over DJ.
Lead singer Nick Cester has a clear, distinctive voice that also lends itself to retro ballads such as Look What You’ve Done.
The well-known slow song sent a hum around the crowd as they swayed and sang along.
Drummer Chris Cester, lead singer Nick’s brother, had his own mic and command of the stage – introducing and singing many of the songs.
Jet, who were at the peak of their success in the UK between 2003 to 2006, still have a strong Aussie following who were at the Met to support them.
As well as playing lots of their older stuff, the band mixed in some of their new tunes from third studio album, Shaka Rock, which went down well.
Both bands had a very different sound and style.
Jet, playing together for years, played a polished, practiced set with ease and confidence.
While Detroit Social Club had that messy, spontaneous, raw sound bands often have before they hit the big time.