After getting onto the guestlist of this small gig held by upcoming foursome The Janice Graham Band, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Having never really listened to them before, hearing the latest single Assassiner certainly gave me an intro to a sound that is unlike any other.
Opening up were Londoners Born Blonde, who treated us to half an hour of their atmospheric indie, warming up the unfortunately barely there crowd. Throwing a few band t-shirts out to some lucky audience members, they performed their tracks which have more than a slice of 60s psychadelica. With a Coldplay tone to the vocals, Born Blonde are masters at penetrating the air with a purity that resonates around the room.
Following a brief interlude, The Janice Graham Band took to the stage and after gaining the approval of Mani, fellow Mancunian and Stone Roses frontman, they were tipped to play a great show. Indeed they didn’t disappoint! Armed with some killer anthems such as Robbery and new single Assassiner, which incorporates elements of indie, ska and even hip hop, The Janice Graham Band showcased a plethora of talents. The inclusion of a trumpet gives them a jazz edge, which veers away from their Arctic Monkeys-esque lyrics. Too many bands are writing indie songs and churning them out, expecting to be stars but The Janice Graham Band aren’t jumping in blindly -they have that extra something that sets them apart.
If you want to know what all the fuss is about, listen to the new single Assassiner at http://soundcloud.com/acidjazzrecs/sets/janice-graham-band/s-32OFG. For other tracks and more news of the band, go to http://janicegrahamband.com. Assassiner is released on September 10th and their first album has been recorded, which is set for release early next year. This is a band who are lined up for a great 2013, so watch this space.