Updated: Thursday, 20th February 2020 @ 12:56pm

Gig review: Northern Sessions @ Manchester235 Casino – May 27

Gig review: Northern Sessions @ Manchester235 Casino – May 27

By Dean Wilkins

The inaugural Northern Sessions kicked off with a bang at Manchester235 last night as Death to the Strange, Missed You At The Show and The Suns ignited the casino.

The first regular monthly night – in association with MM – brought together three of North West’s finest acts which combined folk, country, alternative, indie and even Mexican pub rock together.

As an elite crowd gathered in the luxurious setting of the casino, boisterous five-some Death to the Strange bolted out of the blocks. Their experimental style was crafted with passion, raw energy and flair.

The Mancunian band, fronted by Daniel Clarke and John Lowndes, explored Johnny Cash rifts, Lennon-esc lyrics and busking banter with songs ‘Closer’, ‘Singing On’ and ‘Drink and the Devil’.

‘Openshaw Blues’ was an invigorating story into the band’s depth as musicians and the quintet had chemistry which poured out into the crowd.

Frontmen Daniel and John switched roles on cue and both were exciting, captivating and they are the kind of band that can keep an audience enthralled until the last chord is struck.

International rockers Missed You At The Show took the middle slot by the horns and never looked back.

The five-piece hail from across the globe and Canadian frontman Mike Poplawski looked confident, established and played tracks ‘Human’ and ‘Small Town’ like a well-oiled machine.

The band transferred their love for Manchester and love for music to the crowd – knee-boppers turned to groovers as a result of the international group’s knack.

MYTAS play the sort of music that looks good on top of a skyscraper’s helipad and their tight song writing, powerful guitaring intertwines harmoniously with their personality and character. They were perfect preparation for headliners and extraordinaires… The Suns.

Manchester was greeted by spaghetti western devotees The Suns who beautifully captured the essence of España.

The Mexican pub rock quintet were suited and booted, equipped with maracas and an amiable nature that truly impressed.

Frontman Jono was exceptional and he began as a conductor in front of the band urging them on to succeed. The pep talk worked as they tapped into the spirit of Quentin Tarantino as the soundtrack of many films rang through the casino.

The audience were engrossed in the deep serenades, thrashing guitars and the spice of the maracas added extra flavour.

The Suns stole the show and rounded off an outstanding Northern Sessions with ‘Surf’s Up, Nightmare’, ‘Old Dee Bridge’ and ‘Bang Bang!’

The next time The Suns play Manchester you have to see them for a night you simply cannot forget and will not regret.

The launch had a fantastic response as a variety of the North’s finest musicians took charge and showed exactly why this city is famous for its music.

The next Northern Sessions will be held in July and MM will be giving you exclusive coverage to bring the best of the North West.

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