This week I went to the Green Room on Division Street for a night of live music from 3 bands and a solo artist. Every Wednesday the Green Room hosts a live music event featuring some of the cities best up and coming unsigned acts.
The Green Room on Division street is located opposite the car park and is a lovely little pub. Looking more like a New York Greenwich Village folk café than a rock n roll venue it has played hosts to some big bands in the past. Most notably the occasion when London based indie band Palma Violets played there in 2013 and fans were queueing out of the door and down the street to get in.
The first act of the night were Sundance. A four-piece indie band from Barnsley playing a mixture of covers and originals. Throwing in indie classics such as ‘I Bet You Look Good On the Dance Floor’ and a Cage the Elephant number they band were a great start to proceedings and got people moving around. Their original songs echoed the sound of Liverpool band the Coral and some slight hints of western music came through in their sound. It was the bands fifth ever gig which impressed me more than anything given that they sounded like they had been playing for years.
Next up were Worksop based band White Light who played a set comprised mostly of original material with the odd cover thrown in for good measure. Playing their own versions of other peoples songs such as a faster version of the Ronettes, Phil Spector penned classic ‘Be My Baby’ and a very fast punk version of Elvis Presley’s ‘Devil in Disguise’ they got the audience on side right away. Original songs such as ‘Ah you see’, ‘Dancer’ and ‘I know your game’ now strong immovable fixtures to their setlist were joined by a knew song written and sung by the drummer entitled ‘Playground Palace’. Great song with a killer chorus and a nice bass line driving the song along.
A change in the mood slightly, solo artist John Batchelor took to the stage acoustic guitar in hand, played some country, some folk and some blues while making observations about how much nicer Carling is from a can as opposed to draught. A good observation if you ask me though i’d rather bypass the sorry excuse for a beer completely. His cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ was magnificent, a real standout in the set. He also sang a folk song about a death metal band with the lyric ‘Hail Satan’ in it. The name of said song escapes my memory so you’ll just have to go and see John Batchelor live for yourself to hear it
Headlining the bill on the night was an act from Whitwell simply called Vardy. Singer Daniel Vardy was accompanied by a drummer, an outstanding drummer too I might add but no bassist. He told the crowd that the reason he had no bassist on the night was because his girlfriend had gone into labour and un-thoughtfully decided to, as he put it, ‘spit one out’. All jokes aside Vardy caught the audiences attention from the onset with songs about political correctness, Santa Claus not being real and a great number called ‘Facebook’s full time mums’ about people using their children as a weapon. Vardy reminded me of Jamie T, sharp and cool with great lyrics and a similar appearance. Baseball cap back to front, shirt and trainers he embodied the patron saint of indie rap urchin music and to a standard the man himself would have been proud of. Vardy is an act that is definitely worth going to see and 9,786 ‘likes’ on Facebook can’t be wrong, so go and check them out in the small venues before they ultimately rocket into bigger venues.
The Greenroom is a venue that I always enjoy, from their open mic night on a Monday which always welcomes new faces to the numerous gigs throughout the week. Their Tramlines sets are always packed to the rafters too so check it out, it is the hidden gem of the Sheffield music scene.
White Light 9/10
John Batchelor 8/10
Check the Greenroom out every Wednesday for more of the same.