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Review - Clean Cut Kid at Mountford Hall

by Hannah Gosset. Published Thu 22 Sep 2016 11:12

It’s that time of year again when fresh-faced students gear up for a week of fun-filled mayhem. As part of the The University of Liverpool’s official welcome week, the city’s second largest live music venue, Mountford Hall, welcomed buzzband of the moment Clean Cut Kid to the stage on Wednesday night.

Fresh from a jam-packed summer festival circuit, the indie-electro pop quartet returned to their roots in Liverpool before kicking off their first UK headline tour in October.

They were joined by another of Liverpool’s most exciting up and coming acts, Polar States, who have been championed by the likes of Radio 1 and are set to release their first EP later this year.

Polar States kicked off with an explosive performance of their new track ‘Nights’. Guitarist and singer Paul Tong’s soaring vocals and engaging stage presence won over the crowd from the start.

They powered through their half hour set, which fluctuated from soulful, heart-felt tracks to groovier, percussion-led numbers. Their most memorable songs were the hook-laden ‘Elizabeth’ - which made its way onto Radio 1 earlier this year - as well as their catchy debut single ‘Concrete’.

The band ended on an epic note with an electrifying performance of ‘Under the Northern Sky’, which got gig-goers bouncing along and set the atmosphere for the rest of the night.

Clean Cut Kid took to the stage and immediately caught the crowd’s attention with their opening track ‘Runaway’. Mike Halls’ unique, soulful vocals were beautifully complimented by his wife Evelyn’s soft, mesmerising harmonies.

With a mixture of gritty riffs, synth melodies and powerful drums, it’s easy to see why they have attracted national attention from the media and press. Their charisma and charm was apparent throughout, and all four members seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves as they jumped and danced through their performance. This energy translated into the audience, who became visibly more engaged with every song.

The carefully constructed set was filled with upbeat tracks such as ‘Pick Me Up’, as well as mellow, arm-swaying songs like ‘Time to Let You Go’. Their new single ‘We Used To Be in Love’ was received rapturously by the crowd, who clapped and sang along to the emotionally-empowered lyrics.

After a energetic, punchy version of Jamie XX’s ‘Loud Places’, they finished with the fan-favorite single ‘Vitamin C’. Everyone was left wanting more and showed their appreciation by cheering for one more song.

There is undoubtedly a sense that both bands are on the cusp of something great, and if tonight’s polished performances are anything to go by, we can expect big things from them in the future.


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