Attic Days headline a sold-out show at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s club with support from Figurines, Weekends Away and The Sheratons.
Figurines are an “indie pop rock” band from Edinburgh who I previously saw supporting Courting at The Caves, another Edinburgh venue. They are a four piece band consisting of frontman Josh Vaughan, guitarist and singer Ben Vaughan, bassist Alex Finlay, and drummer James Douglas. Josh Vaughan’s voice is soulful and full of power. From the first note, Figurines had everyone dancing with their catchy and captivating melodies. Vaughan also attracts audience participation with a rendition of Freddie Mercury’s “Ay-Oh” performed at Live Aid.
They had a couple of covers thrown into an otherwise original set. Firstly, a cover of Arctic Monkeys’ ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ was a perfect example of how compatible Figurines are with the rock genre. Next, they performed the “mash-up” I heard at their previous support slot. It consisted of AJ Tracey’s ‘Ladbroke Grove’, Oasis’ ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Song 2’ by Blur. It further shows how they are able to put their own unique twists on existing songs, making their original songs equally, if not more impressive. This also created a set that catered for all of the audience.
Their own songs included single ‘So I’m Told’ and several currently unreleased tracks too. I don’t think it will be long before I am at another Figurines gig. You can often catch them playing local venues like Stramash, Bannerman’s Bar and Whistlebinkies.
Also from Edinburgh, Weekends Away gave an incredible performance. The four piece are made up of singer and frontman Jamie Lane, guitarist Natasha Thomson, Callum Race on bass guitar, and David Montgomery on drums.
The band are amazingly talented both individually and together. Thomson and Lane both provided electrifying guitar solos. Race and Montgomery kept things steady and pulled together with their respective instruments. Lane also has the perfect voice for rock songs. This was evident in their own material, which made up almost all of their set. Additionally, in a captivating cover of ‘Come Together’ by The Beatles, Weekends Away showed their impressive ability to take a song and give it a heavier, edgier rock twist.
I really enjoyed their set, I look forward to hearing more from Weekends Away and hopefully seeing them live again sometime soon.
Up next were The Sheratons, a four piece “indie-rock” band from Leeds. This sold out Sneaky Pete’s gig ended their tour across the UK, which also included a date the night before in Glasgow’s Broadcast.
Having listened to some of their material before the gig, I thought I knew what to expect when they came onto the stage. However, nothing could have prepared me for how electric this performance would be. From the second they began playing until the end of their set, everybody was dancing and/or jumping along. With an already impressive discography, I was pleased to eventually hear a fan-favourite ‘Raving and Drooling’ which has nearly achieved 122,000 Spotify streams.
Their performance was captivating, electric, and energetic. Their indie-rock anthems had fans singing with them, new fans following along and learning the words quickly. Additionally, they began a mosh pit, with their bassist joining in while still playing. Their UK shows follow musical success with their songs so far being played on Radio X, Absolute Radio, BBC Introducing, and BBC Radio 6.
The whole band all look like they were born to perform on stage, and they are incredibly talented at their craft. It won’t be long before The Sheratons will be headlining more major venues soon. If this set was anything to go by, I would absolutely attend a future show.
The final band to take to the sold out venue were Attic Days. I have previously seen Attic Days at a showcase in Edinburgh’s Legends venue and I was really excited to see them again. The five piece Edinburgh band includes Kirstie Maclean as the lead singer, Alfie Smith on drums, bassist Murray Brown, guitarist Rory Bayne, and Ruariadh Rattray on guitar and vocals.
The one word I would use to describe this band is ‘enticing’. Every song they perform had me engaged, as well as the whole of the Sneaky Pete’s crowd. Their setlist consisted of original material, primarily songs that are yet to be released. Alice Phoebe Lou’s song ‘Witches’ was the song they covered, which perfectly fits Attic Days’ uplifting sound.
All of their songs are catchy and I noticed everyone moving along with the band. The thing that stands out to me with Attic Days is that they are always smiling and appearing positive. They make performing to a sold out venue look really easy. Maclean pulls people in with her smooth voice that she makes sound so effortless. Attic Days are a band I think everyone has to try and see at least once. Easy-listening songs are perfect for everyone and you’ll be dancing along in no time.