Mohawk Radio @ Night & Day
First on are Puppet Theory who definitely have an indie feel in their songs but with a commercial, poppy edge. They sound a bit thin at times and the vocals were a tad uneven too. I didn’t really know too much about them before tonight so it is difficult to judge based on this but I would like to check them out again later in the year and see if things improve.
The Pinstripe Pigeon Band, what a great name! I was looking forward to their set but ended up interviewing and photographing the headliners during most of it. Their own songs have a very Lisa Stansfield feel to them, hence my interest, lots of Mancunian funk and soul even though the six piece ‘Pigeons are from Preston. Upon my return the band end their set playing covers – Madonna’s Vogue and Chic’s Le Freak - disappointing me as I would like to hear their own music but at the same time enthralling the crowd with whom they go down well.
But the night belongs to the Mohawks! It’s the start of a new year for Mohawk Radio, one which will see them move up a level. And this celebration is kicked off with a rousing performance of Rock’N’Roll Heaven with Mia Page’s vocals hitting the spot and James Gregory’s guitar puncturing a hole in heaven. The band slow things down a little with Curious Morality although it is not that slow before closing the set with Lifetime Sunshine. It has a rockier feel than the single version with some punchier drums and bass from David Quinn and Sean Frankland respectively.
The set is short but sweet, leaving no-one in any doubts of the intensions of the Mohawks over the coming 12 months.
Words and photos: Anthony Firmin