By Natalie Greener
It was Hellcats’ debut at the Bodega on the 19th of January. Being the first night of the new year, some would say there was a sense of anticipation that couldn’t be shook during sound check. The turnout was truly unpredictable and with bands travelling from other cities for the gig, a good turnout was something we didn’t just want – we needed.
Superfurniture took to the stage after early doors at half six and people started to filter in. Considering many were in the phase of post Christmas/new year blues with no money to spare, the event seemed to have pulled a staggering crowd. Enjoying the easy listening vibes of Superfurniture, Nottingham’s own boys blew us away. Covering the iconic Arthur TV show theme, the audience were left to reminisce their childhood CBBC binges. Playing across the city regularly in venues seen as ground breaking platforms for young artists to emerge, it is no surprise that a large sum of the gig goers were avid fans of the local boys. Seeing them at festival stages at Hockley Hustle – hosted by BBC introducing – they truly represent how fortunate us Nottingham lads and ladettes are to have these youthful indie bands on our doorstep!
By Lauryn Taylor-Poyserr
Following the smooth sound of Superfurniture, Leicester’s very own Anoa joined the line up. Being a liberal girl amongst alternative subcultures, I came across Anoa on social media and music platforms such as Spotify. You’d think this meant that I could somewhat predict what I was getting myself into. Oh how wrong you were. Yes, they’re four young men from Leicester who sing punk tunes that reflect a nihilistic view on society – so a PG gig was out of the question. But nobody could prepare themselves for the events that followed their opening song. A well presented lead singer/guitarist held the attention of the crowd until it was passed on to the bare footed bassist who worked (and fell over) every inch of the stage. Whilst one of Anoa’s most popular songs, When In Kings Norton, resonated through Bodega, clearly the guys had formed a decent following. Audience participation – especially when the bassist disappeared on the floor behind an amp for the song, made it evident that punk lyrics still got to today’s youth as many sang along to take his place. A talent infected guitarist stole the show in his many solos – showcasing such skill, he’s really before his time. Their set rounding up, Anoa’s most infamous track, Simon Says, made the guys receive an primarily good reception despite the unnecessary amount of banter between songs. If you can’t laugh with them – you can sure as hell laugh at them and their DIY approach to live shows.
By Rachael Bush
Last up and headlining January’s Hellcats was LUMER. Since my first experience with the Hull lads at their set at Hockley Hustle, I knew I wanted them for the Hellcats’ Bodega debut. Well presented with such a tight sound, they do the post punk scene proud. Compared to their Leicester support, one would argue that their stage presence was just as strong but in an extremely subtle way. The fact that they could just stand and perform whilst gathering a mosh pit showed how fuelling their tracks were to the youthful audience. Clearly, Bodega’s stage lights were sweltering as 3 out of the 4 members removed their shirts – not that anyone was complaining. Being aliens to Nottingham, a city that churns out indie bands, it was tough for them to make an impression without the rowdy stage presence this city loves. But I have to say, they would certainly get a crowd back based on their Hellcats set. It’s not often you find a youthful band that feels like they’ve just walked from a different era but Lumer hit the nail on the head. I think these guys should be watched very closely as they claw their way to the top. Watch out world – Lumer are here and hopefully not going anywhere.
By Rachael Bush
If you want to be part of the ever growing Hellcats family – you can! These nights really showcase talent across a range of Nottingham venues. Our next night is this weekend in fact. The Shrives – who’ve previously played our Fox Talbots night, are coming back for their single release of Money Maker. Out tomorrow, our following live show celebration will put Hellcats on the map! Get your TICKETS and come down to support the night and those playing – we welcome you to our family and hope you stick around.