(review by Marcus Hoffman)

Another great night’s music at the Tivoli, with also another eclectic line up.First band onstage were Trader from Wrexham, an interesting 4-piece who have an intriguing array of British and American influences.Whilst at first their melodic indie-rock betrays classic English indie bands like the Smiths, and some bands of this era, their singer David Schwarz has a voice similar to Placebo’s Brian Molko, and the way they craft their songs is reminiscent of bands like Interpol and Alkaline Trio.Drummer Delwyn Derrick’s style is not dissimilar to MCR’s Bob Bryar.All this would just be an amalgam of influences without strong tunes but Trader write songs with consistently memorable hooks, and you could imagine a big crowd singing along to them, perhaps the litmus test for future success.Highlight of the set for me was new song Fear Is The Enemy.Overall, a tight and polished performance, another local band that could go places.

Up next were The Brakes, an affable 3-piece who gave the crowd some familiar songs to enjoy, with a good variety of covers from Substitute by The Who to more modern fare like The Killer’s ever popular Mr. Brightside.Most enjoyable was a cracking rendition of King of Leon’s recent chart-topper Sex on Fire.Good stuff.

Next were Carjack Mallone, another band who’ve taken a few ideas from bands across the ocean, with singer Daniel Hughes looking slightly like Rage Against’s The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, and they displayed just as much passion and vehement intensity as that band.Hailing from Manchester, they’ve also taken influences from closer to home, sometimes showing the dark, brooding menace of Joy Division but also the uplifting, anthemic leanings of The Stone Roses.All members of the band seemed to be playing their heart out, conveying a raw energy to the crowd, with the singer bravely mounting the P.A. speakers at one point.Set highlight for me was Shotgun, which seemed to display best their myriad influences.Recommended listening.

Last band of the night were Out From Animals, a 4 piece from Chester who already seem to be creating a buzz for themselves, being lauded by Radio 1’s Jo Whiley.Within a couple of minutes they had the crowd dancing to their infectious cocktail of indie-disco electronica, with all kinds of inventive and clever effects being deployed, the band interweaving on stage as they stormed through great opening song The National Curriculum.Blending elements of bands like Bloc Party and The Automatic with a vocal approach recalling early Panic at the Disco, they rarely let a moment pass without some percussive or electronic idea adding colour to their sound.The drumming alone was breathtakingly inventive.They came across as totally convincing and pulled off their obviously meticulously rehearsed act perfectly, if they are not in the NME soon I’ll be very surprised.Excellent.