Live Review: The Twang / Chappaqua Wrestling – The Leadmill, Sheffield 24.11.2023

Jason Siddall

Friday night and The Leadmill came alive as The Twang, accompanied by stellar support band Chappaqua Wrestling, took to the stage for a night of unforgettable music. The atmosphere was charged with anticipation and the bands did not disappoint.

Formed in 2018 by principal members and songwriters Jake Mac and Charlie Woods, Chappaqua Wrestling kicked off the night, setting the tone with their unique blend of indie and alternative rock. Strong vocals, combined with tight instrumentation, the setlist showcased a range of influences underpinned with punchy, guitar-driven anthems. A strong set with the track “Wide Asleep” standing out for me. The audience clearly enjoyed and judging by tonight’s performance we will be seeing a lot more of them very soon with headline dates in Manchester and London pretty much sold out.

As the stage transitioned for The Twang, the crowd’s excitement was clear. The Birmingham-based indie rockers wasted no time in launching into a set that was nothing short of electrifying. From the opening chords to the encore, The Twang commanded the stage with infectious energy and an undeniable connection to their audience. Frontman Phil Etheridge delivered the band’s signature anthems with enthusiasm, “Wide Awake” and “Barney Rubble” kicked off a perfect balance of classic hits and newer tracks, the Leadmill crowd responded in kind, dancing and singing along to every word.

Closing with a four song encore The Twang left no doubt that they are still a force to be reckoned with on the indie rock scene. The combination of Chappaqua Wrestling’s fresh and innovative sound along with The Twang’s seasoned expertise worked really well tonight, well done to all involved in putting together this tour

If you have the chance to catch these bands live, don’t hesitate both are excellent.

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