LIVE: Mealtime @ YES
WORDS BY FELICITY DELL
Opening the night were the two-piece Darcie, made up of the multi-talented Zigi and Tom. Throughout their gig, I felt vibes hailing from all corners of the musical world, with jazzy piano too ‘synthy’ atmospheric tones that resembled that of Jack Garratt. Both members had angelic singing voices with even Tom hitting some of the high notes.
As is expected from a two piece there is much involvement from technology and the absence of a drummer made way for a drumming machine. Despite inevitable technical issues throughout the show, the duo brought an air of humanity in the way that they made the issues a running gag. This was much to the audiences liking and was responded to with laughter from around the now filling YES Basement. In the final song, I was surprised by the choice of ending, a slow and emotional ballad. However, despite this choice, it paid off, the song in itself was phenomenal and really captured the essence of the band. Their best song was undoubtedly the brilliantly titled How Was She, according to Zigi this song was written about a guy who broke her heart and it really shows, the hard-hitting vocals and the head bopping beat, accompanied with chilling synthesisers and piano.
Up next are the Irish trio Wyvern Lingo, clad in orange they look ready to take on the world; and their music is a testament to that. From their first song, it was clear to see the duo were here to impress, the crowd was singing and chanting along. Mixing powerful women, jazzy bass, technical drums, and catchy drums, what could be better? About halfway through the set, the trio opted to add a cover to their set- in the way of an emotional hit by no one other than Drake. If they hadn’t already they now had the whole crowd on their front, pushing to stage. They announced their final song which was met with a roar of disappointment followed shortly eager chants for more songs. Again, once their set had concluded the crowd cheered-similarly to watching an arena band.
Manc charm, tangled wires and 6 members on a tiny stage. Makes for a fantastic set. The headlines were the elegantly named Mealtime. A band not short of members or drum machines, however unlike some bands every member is a pivotal part of the set, switching (if not difficulty) around the stage to give every member the limelight. ‘Start a synth band they said’, ‘6 members they said’, ‘drum machines they said’ put by the lead singer of the eclectically mixed 6-piece.
The entanglement of wires did become the butt of jokes throughout the set (to the joy of everyone in the room) however it was the entanglement of traditional Manchester vibes and futuristic ‘disco like’ sounds that was most prominent and gripping. Despite Mealtime being a relatively new band on the scene, the room was packed with fans whom of which sang along and occasionally shouted words of encouragement to the overjoyed group. When the band ended it was just too soon for the audience whom of which shouted and began chanting ‘one more song’ but unfortunately it was over. Mealtime had a profound effect on both me and the whole audience and it will be no surprise if they continually crop up on posters all around Manchester.