Review: Sophie and the Giants – Think Tank Underground, Mar 22nd

Written by Live Reviews, Music

Sophie and the Giants brought their indie pop to Newcastle for the very first time on Friday evening when they took Think Tank Underground by storm. The classic four-piece outfit provided plenty of energy throughout as they showed off their recent EP Adolescence- 3 tracks documenting different personal struggles of growing up.

Treating the crowd to a mixture of their previously released tracks as well as a first glimpse of what’s to come, they struck the perfect mixture to keep the crowd engaged throughout. Lead singer Sophie, despite her relative youth, looked as comfortable and confident on stage as any lead singer currently out there. Strutting around stage throughout every track, she helped ensure her performance matched her incredible vocals which remained completely captivating throughout.

The bassist made occasional switches onto the synthesiser which helped provide a different dynamic to some tracks, keeping the proceedings for the evening unpredictable. Furthermore, with every strike of the sample pad at the introduction to each new song, the outfit sprung into life in varying musical directions ready to produce something brilliantly unique on every occasion.

Finishing with their most recent single ‘The Light’ before already christened fan favourite ‘Bulldog’, the evening came to an explosive close as the fury and pertinent candidness of each song came shining through.

A mention should also go to acoustic performer Elliot Cohen-Gold for his opening performance, showing off his wide-ranging falsetto with a mixture of original songs from his upcoming EP as well some covers thrown in, including Razorlight’s well known ‘America’.

The vibrancy of this brilliant group shone through, each member evidently thoroughly enjoying what they were doing and just as importantly, who they were doing it with – regular smiles spread across the faces of each member as they flashed grins towards each other between tracks; a sure sign of the solid foundations Sophie and her ‘Giants’ have built together. Their chemistry was infectious, unfortunately not felt by all those present but a positive indicator for future shows. Hopefully they’ll be returning to Newcastle in the not to distant future with an even better armoury at their disposal as well as a larger, more appreciative crowd ready to more willingly reciprocate the energy and vibrancy the band offered.

Last modified: 2nd April 2019

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