Following the news that This Feeling are to continue their partnership with Red Stripe, Himalayas headed up a night at Jimmy’s in Manchester which also featured The Velvet Hands and Babylon.
Babylon are Manchester locals, and Dom Ingleby fronts them up. He sings with a moody energy over the bassline put down by Will Bickerdike. November single Righteous Riot is indicative of this, with the added domestic early-Arctic Monkeys vibe. There’s a Milburn sound in there too, it will be exciting to see how they develop.
Next up are The Velvet Hands. They caught attention upon releasing their latest track Only Blame Myself just last month, a Strokes-y, breathless number that might have come out of New York and not Cornwall’s Saint Austell. The bob hair of frontman Toby Mitchell is familiar around these parts, though not quite as bleached. It centres between a tightly packed 4 piece, who rip through their set unnerved and determined.
Headliners, Cardiff’s Himalayas have impressed across the country with the This Feeling gang. They are simply one the best emerging live bands around. Joe Williams and Mike Griffiths head up the band while Louis Heaps and James Goulbourn get to work aside and behind. Williams refuses his tonsillitis as a barrier, and belts out new track If I Tell You before they descend into Sigh On A Hurricane.
They look unstoppable under the neon red light, complemented by loose cans of Red Stripe held aloft by the crowd. Set-closer Heaven is powerful, and it’s only a shame that for one it had to end, and for two that there is not yet a copy of this track anywhere online. It is a stunner.
And they are stunning, they’ve firepower enough to lift the tarmac up above on Newton Street and they will do for many venues to come.
Here’s a clip from the gig and that final track: