It’s a bitterly cold evening up North but in the warmth of the Ruby Lounge a special gig featuring 3 brand new bands is taking place in aid of Warchild.
Camp Stag are first up – their emotive indie is one of those feet and heart things with tracks like the anthemic ‘Sirens’ with its fuzzy guitars and keyboard riffs.
Next up are Kult Country who blast away any lingering cobwebs with their squalling guitars raw vocals and thumping rhythm section. It’s a raucous no holds barred set which is almost deafening but effective.
Manchester’s Embers are next to take the ruby stage with anticipation reaching a climax inside the venue. The band stake their claim as one of the best new live bands with their epic soundscapes awash with angelic operatic vocals, string and brass accompaniment. Into The Dust is an anthem in waiting and signature tune ‘Part of the Echoes’ takes on a new form in a live setting becoming even more cinematic and female vocals add depth. One can only imagine how their sound will be enhanced by larger venues which they are destined to play at.
Its clear on this evident the band are set to be around for a good while.
Three ace bands then and all for a worthy cause.
Words by Dan Nelson