Curiously funky, Aussie indie band Chase City recently announced an eighteen-date European tour to raise their profile and promote the release of their debut album ‘Pressure’. Gullivers was host to their Manchester show on Friday night where they were the headlining act on a night that included support acts like jazz funk group La Lunette and Manchester’s own Sollo.

Their 45-minute set was a tour de force in a taster of what Aussie indie is all about now, with a few added elements of disco. The venue was half full all night but it didn’t make any difference to the energy the guys were putting into their set. Their music is interesting because some of the tracks reminded me of Kasabian’s first album with its heavily layered production of dance-influenced rock. It came through in particular on ‘Cycle’; where the touch of synth elevated what could be a mediocre track into something more charismatic. Whereas others like their most streamed single ‘Surrounded’ sounds very 2009 – think of Two Door Cinema Club and Razorlight and you’ll know what the track sounds like.

Lead singer Tarik announced, “Manchester is the coolest city in the UK”, halfway through. Even though we know that’s true, it could have been a bit of arse kissing to secure a few more fans here. Fresh out of the packaging ‘Make It’ was a killer track that the group had only just finished working on “…hopefully we can remember how to play it” Tarik announced. All in all the group gathered a new Manchester following on the night; they’ve got their own identity somewhere in the all that music but it just needs a bit longer to ripen into a fully realized signature sound of their own.

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Words by Tom Frodsham.

Fancy listening to some of the best artists performing across Manchester in the coming months? Listen below for our latest playlist previewing those in town for this month’s best shows!

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