LIVE: Four Band Friday – Pavilion, Belfast

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In Brackets get things off to a chilled out start. They are filling in for the originally billed Corrado, playing for only the second time as a band. Although it takes a while for the three members to get into the swing of things, the overall performance is quite enjoyable. The generally chilled ambience is cleverly broken up with little snippets of guitar riffs resembling the like of Metallica and Nirvana creating a nicely varied set list.

Civil Simian follow. They begin with some new material with which the band are completely contented in performing. The pace is picked up with their cover of Radiohead’s ‘Lotus Flower’. Lead singer, Ruari McCloskey appears to feel every beat of each song with the way he moves around the stage. The highlight of their set is closing number ‘Waking Dream’, which provides an anthemic chorus, some impressive shredding and even a little bit of rap thrown in for good measure.

Shoot The Preacher take to stage next to bring their more punky sound to the Pavilion. The band are very well rehearsed and confident in the delivery of the songs. ‘The Last Brigade’ and ‘Wasting Time’ sound great. It is clear that the band have been influenced by bands like Oasis, which is no way a bad thing.

See Hear Speak are the final band to perform this evening. They have plenty of impressive equipment which engulfs the small stage in the Pavilion. Their sound may be compared to early Snow Patrol with catchy choruses and plenty of opportunities for a sing-a-long. David Stratton provides some notable keyboard playing which is enhanced by melodic harmonies between him and Andrew Stanford.

Tonight has allowed for the show chase of some great local  bands who are sure to head onto to bigger and brighter things.