SONG REVIEWS – ‘Loaded Gun’ and ‘Her’ – The Contravenes

‘Loaded Gun’ and ‘Her’ are songs by indie-rock Leeds band The Contravenes. Full of guitars, percussion and the raw vocal talent of Denny Parker, they’re the style of band you want to discover late afternoon at a music festival. A band and you can tap your feet, nod your head and jump with; but still pay attention to.

The Contravenes

The Contravenes

‘Loaded Gun’, beginning with a lonely guitar riff, soon intensifies, drawing in additional instruments. If you think The Walkmen, crossed with The Libertines, you’re probably on the right lines. Well composed, good old guitar-led rock from a band that can already produce a high quality melody.

What’s nice then is that ‘Her’ is a different style completely. The intensity of the song is stripped completely back, focusing more on the lyrics with a simple percussion in the background and the tones of a guitar accompanying the vocals. Proof if it was ever needed that The Contravenes are versatile in what they do.

Having just played a successful gig at 360 Club with The Vendettas, The Contravenes are playing as a part of the Oxjam Leeds opening event this Saturday 18th July 2015 at The Primrose (Meanwood Road, LS7 2HZ). A free event it’d be foolish not to go check them and the other acts out.

Visit The Contravenes Soundcloud to listen to both tracks https://soundcloud.com/the-contravenes

Music video for ‘Loaded Gun’ can be found https://vimeo.com/115779143

www.facebook.com/thecontravenes

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Oxjam October

A little later than hoped for (due to bizarrely losing the ability to edit my WordPress!) the rest of my Live at Leeds review will be on here shortly. In the meantime, I pondered and then requested a ‘Gig Maker’ toolkit from Oxfam for their annual Oxjam Festival.

Wanting to put little ol’ Horsforth on the map a bit more, any suggestions as to where this can be held (I’ve a few ideas knocking around) and if you’d like to play in an event like it, let me know. Just at the very start of the pipeline for now but it’s best to be prepared eh?

 

Read more about Oxjam here