Stoke Band Bonsai Smash The Sugarmill

Bonsai

Bonsai

Sugarmill Crowd Gives Bonsai Front Man Birthday To Remember

Words || Leah Hamer || Bethan Shuff

Photography || Bethan Shuff

Female-fronted, pop-punk band Lost Notes were the first to take to the stage of The Sugarmill on Friday. Deep raspy vocals flow from front woman Emily Charlotte’s lips before she explodes like a fire-cracker about the stage. Alec Whieldon spent half his time playing to the camera and the other half in the audience playing intricate bass lines. Their sound blends all the best bits of classic icons like Blink-182 and Nirvana with a modern twist.

Next came Divenire, the band formerly known as Dom Morgan with their revamped set complete with new tracks, a new drummer and of course, a new name. Divenire are a buffet of assorted musical delights, flowing from the acoustic shimmers of Ed Sheeran to the popping indie of The Hunna. Youthful and relatable lyrics flow alongside the simple strumming and beats, giving you catchy tracks that are crowned by Dom’s resonating voice. Charlie, the fresh face behind the drum kit, was full of expression and passion, powering through those dreaded first gig nerves like a champion.

Dom Morgan

Dom Morgan

Sheffield is renowned for its pool of musical royals and the Yorkshire water has born yet another band with soaring potential. RedFaces are made up of four cool, indie kids with a knack for inventive riffs and quirky lyrics. Toeing the line between the alternative and commercial side of rock and roll, RedFaces fit perfectly into the wave of new guitar bands dominating inner-city music scenes. It’s no surprise that they continue to sell out all of their hometown gigs and have already been privy to the stages of Y Not and Tramlines.

But then it was time for the gig of Bonsai’s life. The crowd was pulsating, each member bursting to grab a feel of birthday boy, Chris Hough, who was fizzing around the stage in a rush of euphoria. The spawn of Michael Hutchence and Matt Healey, he basked in the glory of the spotlight and played his front man role to perfection. He preached to the audience below, explaining the origins of each song and expressing his love for all of the band's supporters. They performed a bouncing set of rocking head bangers and mosh-pit starters, throwing in my personal favourite, Houdini that drove the room wild. Bonsai showed everyone how throw a headliner and how to throw a birthday party. This gig will take some beating. The bar has just been raised even higher.

Chris Hough

Chris Hough