Concert Review: The Spares @ Studio2 – Liverpool

The Spares
Originating from the city of Liverpool, newly formed band, The Spares, have had no struggle making a name for themselves. The band itself consists of lead vocalist ­ Dean Carne, bassist­ Sean Pearson, guitarist and backing vocalist ­ James Carne, and drummer ­ Adam Bond. Upon first arrival at the venue I was slightly apprehensive, I had never attended any event at this venue before, and judging by the multiple intoxicated and rambling fans outside, I was under the assumption that it was to be twice as bad inside, yet I was rendered presently surprised.

The venue, albeit small and rather intimate, had rustic yet simultaneously modern influences, the dim lighting only contributing to the excited atmosphere. The crowd itself, mostly rowdy and inebriated, attempted to edge their way to the front of the stage, many of which failing to do so.

As the band were preparing to perform you could practically sense the amount of vitality they all possessed, both individually and as a band. It was immediately evident that they were an extremely collaborative band with very unique on stage person as, each member contributing something distinctive. This became more apparent as their set list, all of their own songs, persevered.

The first few tracks titled Rocky II and Don’t Tell undoubtedly encouraged crowd participation as well as multiple catcalls directed towards lead vocalist, Dean Carne as he threw his shirt to the ground all the meanwhile headlining an incredible vocal range and maintaining synchronization with his fellow band mates. As the set list resumed it was clear that The Spares were so musically diverse, that it become increasingly difficult to confine them to a single genre. They went from being considerably indie ­pop to alternative in a matter of seconds. Despite the drum ­kit noticeably falling off the stage half way through their set, they maintained a cool and comfortable on stage presence while also performing with incredible amounts of energy and enthusiasm. Every member entertained the audience with such charisma and raw energy, at most points it was difficult to tear your eyes away from them in fear of what you might miss. This atmosphere did not falter during the last two songs, Largo and Not Enough, both of which sounding lyrically and vocally similar to a combination of Catfish and the Bottlemen and The 1975.

All in all, the performance was incredibly provocative; with such spontaneity and raw magnetism it is hard to believe this band have been together for only 4 months, they were all so comfortable on stage that it felt as though they had been a band for years. Their captivating performance was, dare I say, one of the most dynamic performances I have seen from newly formed band. Despite this, there is evidently some room for improvement, despite the fact they possess strong on stage synchronization they lacked the ‘tightness’ most bands possess, yet this is to be expected from a band who have been together a mere few months and is no doubt going to be rectified with more practice and time together.

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Review by Elle McNamara | @ElleMcNamara_

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