I have been to countless gigs in my life, and reviewed concerts both locally and outside Lincolnshire, but surprisingly never seen a show in my hometown until last night (18th March). Louth is usually a small, quaint market town located in the middle of rural Lincolnshire, but for one night turned into an exciting musical hub, showcasing multiple bands performing music from an eclectic range of genres and styles. The Louth Later evenings are not your ordinary gigs – the venue of choice for its setting was a cosy, traditional social club; tables to sit at were spread all over across the room, and people could enjoy the music in comfort all night. There was also a range of mouthwatering, unusual cocktail combinations available, but unfortunately, on this occasion, I did not have the time or chance to try one! Another unique aspect of the gig was the inclusion of two stages rather than just one; whilst the main stage was apt for bands requiring drums and guitars to produce a loud, thrilling sound, the smaller stage at the back of the room was perfect for the acts using acoustics to create delicate, pretty sounds.
All in all, five diverse acts performed at Louth Later V, with each performer bringing something new to the table.
Beginning a night of wonderful music were Lincoln duo Buffalode – the two-piece produced a dazzling open to the concert, with a high-octane and energy driven set all the way through. Admittedly, I walked in halfway through their set, but every track they performed which I witnessed was crammed with zest and vibrancy. Buffalode produced a raw gritty sound, pounded with urgency and drive, and sounded like they had come straight from the heart of the 90s-grunge era. Their loud sound went down extremely well with a majority middle-aged crowd, who I admittedly did not initially think would take to the blues-rock duo as well as they did.
Whilst the main stage was being set up for Chariots, attention switched to the back of the room for the first acoustic set of Louth Later V. Sophia Woodcraft, accompanied on guitar by Micky Broadbent, produced a breathtakingly gorgeous performance – her folksy undertone was poignant, echoing the touching topics expressed in the songs performed, which she wrote herself. Without the safety blanket of instrumental backing to hide any potentially dodgy notes, her vocals were gently powerful, blending perfectly with Micky’s guitar accompaniment.
Following Sophia were psychedelic rock-pop group Chariots, hailing from seaside town Cleethorpes. The band produced an exceptionally lively performance, oozing with confidence on the stage, despite the gig being Chariot’s first in their fourth line-up, and the night some of the band members met each other for the first time! Chariots describe their music as a mixture of pop and 60s psychedelic vibes, whilst I also picked up on the Madchester flavour their songs carried. The members presented a style and stage presence somewhere between Mick Jagger, and late 80s / early 90s Madchester heroes The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. The first moment of audience interaction and dancing of the night occurred during Chariots’ set, and they could have easily have headlined the evening themselves.
Preceding headliners Robot Found Errors were another acoustic act – Zephrine mix an acoustic aura with electronic beats. More importantly, the band’s presence ensured that not only was another genre represented, but a balance of both male and female acts was achieved. I was carrying out an interview with Chariots (which you will be able to read on the blog very soon) at the time Zephrine performed, so whilst I, unfortunately, missed out seeing a large chunk of their set, I could hear from the room next door their impressive spin on Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’, delivering a cover with a cleverly executed twist on the original 1980s alternative anthem.
Robot Found Errors
Concluding a night filled with an exceptionally high-standard of local talent, were headlining act Robot Found Errors. The band featured Mark from Louth’s cult record shop Off the Beaten Track, who has played a huge role in the planning and organisation of the previous Louth Later events. Jazzy, spacey, and funky sounding, the band played a set of two halves. Initially, the first section of their performance was entirely instrumental, with sound bite interludes used to fill the space between songs, and having a second purpose of creating a running theme for the set. In the second half things were switched up and vocals were combined with unconventional groovy melodies – everything about Mark’s band was unconventional, from their sound to their throwback image, but it worked well. One of the songs carried a hook like the one on insatiably catchy indie anthem ‘The Look’ by Metronomy, and unsurprisingly this was another moment the crowd in their tens headed to the floor to dance. There was a humorous moment where Robot Found Errors asked the crowd to ‘mosh’, and sure enough the audience happily ‘moshed’, a sight I never thought I would ever say I’ve seen in my humble market town!
All in all, Louth Later V was a fantastic night compiling the best talent from the rural county, and I am already looking forward to the imminent announcement for Louth Later VI.