Words By Lottie Catrin.
For day six on their mammoth 17 dates ‘Join The Movement’ UK tour, Sheffield quintet SHEAFS graced Cardiff with an explosive set in Clwb Ifor Bach.
Leading the night were local indie band Carolines. Their sound draws inspiration from Oasis injected with funk reminiscent to No Hot Ashes. Song ‘18’ was a stand out of the set, with lyrics about young love paired with dreamy riffs. They went down an absolute storm with the crowd and got a wave of laughs with their teasing of a fake end to a set, abruptly ending a song and going to leave the stage then coming back for the last chorus.
Next up were Bute, another local band who have established themselves over the last few months in Cardiff with their following growing quickly, especially impressive considering they have only released one single. The bassist and guitarist brought the stage presence, standing on amps and sitting on the steps with the crowd.
At long last, it was time for Sheafs to hit the stage. Singer Lawrence made his own grand entrance, separated from the rest of the band, his huge personality immediately clear. He saunters around the stage, posing and prancing for the cameras. His vocals are somewhat similar to those of the singer of Cage The Elephant, however, the bands’ style is completely different. Explosive riffs and thudding drums pair with their constant preach of revelation. Every member of the band brought huge stage presence; it was almost as if the stage wasn’t big enough for the quintets characters. The crowd were at their every command, with Lawrence throwing himself into and on top of the rowdy audience. The set ended in a frenzy with the popular ‘This is Not a Protest’, ending the night with a monumental bang.