Gigs are back and in Manchester tonight the place to be is Night & Day Café, in the heart of the Northern Quarter where a sold out show awaits. We’re here for the latter two of the four acts on the bill
REAVE is a newly emerged musical trio from Manchester & London. With influences such as Sylvan Esso, Johnny Marr and Depeche Mode they combine a wide range of styles from, but never limited to new wave, synth-pop and indie, their sound emits a fresh take on the best of the past. They open with latest single ‘One More Night’, which we premiered on BSM not so long ago. The hazy beats and catchy countenance belong on neon dancefloors and their sound is made for this room. Despite a few technical difficulties early on, they don’t let it effect their stride and they waltz through their set with style. Fan favourite ‘Get to Know Me’, which has over 1 million plays on Spotify incidentally, sees the room singing along enthusiastically and as they close out the set there are greeted by an overwhelming noise of gratitude.
Not to be outdone, the headliners Peacock Method take to the stage for their debut gig. Formed in Manchester during the bleak pandemic period & foreseeing the inevitable nightlife renaissance, they fuse a passion for colourful indie disco mellow gothic styles & funky synth tones that warrant either a jive or an atmosphere. As its their debut, all of the tracks are new, yet the energy exuding from the stage is infectious and it doesn’t take long for the crowd to be going mental down the front. Their recently released debut single ‘I Don’t Mind’ has a countenance so catchy your foot instantly starts tapping, it serves up a slice of 80s nostalgia that you didn’t realise your life was missing until now. Its fresh, and funky and channels NYC dance floor vibes. There isn’t a still body in the heaving mass by the end and as they wind down to run into their clubnight TOYC, the room is very much on a high.
The dancing continues long into the night and as you listen to people around the room, its fair to say the acclaim is high. These two bands are definitely ones to watch, they’re going places.