Peaness's first Manchester headline show is also their first since signing to Alcopop Records earlier this year and the sold out signs on the door and the reception they get at the end of a boiling hot forty five minute set tell the story of a band on the rise, armed with three minute guitar pop gems with a hard underbody to them that stick to your brain and don't let go. Support came from Wrexham's loud and direct four-piece Baby Brave and Llangollen's Campfire Social.
You sense for a while that Peaness still can't believe that this is happening to them, but they're not standing where we're standing. Rach (drummer, newly armed with a microphone), Balla (guitars and vocals) and Jess (bass and vocals) throw glances at each other throughout and burst out smiling first at each other and then at us, unsure as to quite why this is happening. The songs are the reason, Peaness don't try and over complicate things, throw big shapes and experiment, but they don't need to. The likes of recent single Same Place and its b-side Seaform Islands are a case in point, a guitar hook line (and every song has one that sounds similar but never the same to hold our attention on songs we've never heard before), shared vocals either together or as a call and response between Balla and Jess. The headline set also means they go back and resurrect old favourite Oh George, a song about our former Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Peaness's official site can be found here and they are on Facebook and Twitter.
Baby Brave's website can be found here. They are on Facebook and Twitter.
Campfire Social are on Facebook and Twitter.