Having changed venues from The Headrow House to The Brudenell Social Club due to popular demand, The Berlin based Giant Rooks Performed a fantastic set full of energy in front of an equally enthusiastic audience.
First up was Leodis a Leeds based quartet that delivered a fantastic opening set. Their indi rock style was a surprising revelation and got the crowd moving from the off. This is a band that has massive potential and is definitely one to watch out for in the future.
Next up was Talk More who despite their baby faced complexion delivered a storming set that again got the crowd dancing and warmed up perfectly for the headliners.
This was Talk More’s first time performing with their new drummer however they delivered a tight set that was a clear indication of their talents. Having recently been featured on the BBC Music Introducing Hot List it is clear that this is a band that is going places.
Giant rooks consisting of Frederik Rabe (vocals), Finn Schwieters (guitar), Luca Göttner (bass), Finn Thomas (drums) and Jonathan Wischniowski (piano, synthesizer) took to the stage at around 9:30 and delivered a blistering set. From the moment Giant Rooks took to the stage, singer Rabe had the crowd right where he wanted them.
Giant Rooks opened with Cara Declares War before powering into 100mg getting the crowd dancing right from the beginning and setting the tone for the rest of their set.
Whilst Giant Rooks played songs from across their Eps New Estate and their latest release Wild Stare the band also played some new material in the form of Watershed which was only the second time this had be performed live by the band.
The high energy set was put on pause for a moment whilst singer Frederik Rabe slowed things down and performed Sighing Like A Sleeper, an acoustic track which showed the versatility of the band.
The pause didn’t last long with Giant Rooks performing Chapels which the crowd were only too happy to assist with vocally and then fired into what was a highlight the show Walled City, a fantastic dance track that really got the crowd moving and jumping.
Giant Rooks were a new band to me a few weeks ago and although I listened to their EPs numerous times it does not compare to their live show which I would urge you to go and see should you get the chance.