Live Review: Red Rum Club / Ruby J – Sheffield Leadmill 11.11.2021

Red Rum Club

Thursday evening saw Liverpool’s intoxicating indie-pop band Red Rum Club play a special intimate gig at the Leadmill to mark the release of their fabulous third album ‘How To Steal The World’, which dropped last Friday. Having discovered Red Rum Club through my son Dan whose own band played on the same festival bill on several occasions, i was thrilled to get the chance to attend this sold out gig, with support provided by Stafford’s own 16-year-old Ruby J. 

Ruby’s set was enormously impressive, with her fantastic vocals and a charismatic stage presence that seemed well beyond her years. Ruby worked her way through a strong set of acoustically performed original songs interspersed with some crowd pleasing covers. A tough gig supporting one of the best live bands around, Ruby held her own and by the end the crowd were in her hands and left surely searching their Instagram feeds to click the follow button.

And so to Red Rum Club..

As always, an impeccable live show from a hard working and dedicated band who are absolutely on top of their game right now. Joe Corby’s trumpet impressed throughout and as a Sheffield lad myself it was nice to hear lead singer Francis Doran refer to Sheffield as their second home – perhaps explaining why this special album launch party event was the only one outside their home city. 

From the off the band had the audience in their hands, playing new songs from the album along with a mixture of hits from previous releases. Some brilliant new materiel which, once heard more widely will add to the already long list of ‘anthems’ guaranteed to have everyone in the house singing along. 

Closing with the now classic ‘Would You Rather Be Lonely’ I couldn’t help think that this band will surely be huge in the very near future, ‘Stealing the World’ they deserve for themselves. 

Check out the album (out now on vinyl, cd and all major platforms) and be sure to catch them live at the earliest opportunity.

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