Dome Hall - Little Buildings 18/11/16 Review

Calum Trenaman reviews student band Dome Hall at Little Buildings

Calum Trenaman
28th November 2016
Left to Right: Matty Floyd, Matt Edge, Olly Brooks, Danny Lynd, Dom Hall, Sam Mcdougall

With Little Buildings packed with an eager audience who have been made to wait since May for their second gig, the band did not disappoint. With new songs and a longer set, it was everything we’d hoped for.

The crowd were hyped up by support act Ronald Raygun, I think one of the best band names I’ve ever heard. I can’t put my thumb on what genre they could be best described with; their SoundCloud describes them as ‘somewhere in-between the poles of jazz, disco, psych, funk and electro’. Not all the members could make it up from Manchester but hugely talented frontman Sam Kennedy made their presence unnecessary as he thrilled on his own with the band’s individual brand of music. I definitely recommend giving them a listen. Before we knew it the trip was over and Dome Hall were setting up.

"The chemistry between the boys is immediately apparent"

At their first gig in May the Newcastle Uni students were just a standard quartet, but recently have grown to a sextet, giving them an extra added dimension to their music. The chemistry between the boys is immediately apparent, and a buzz between them remains for the entirety of their set. After the upbeat tunes of Ronald Raygun, there was a chance that their slow starting and heartfelt brand of indie could be the comedown none of us wanted. However, instead it worked as the perfect foil. The sounds of the respective bands played off each other, dropping down to begin with, only to build to another crescendo.

The opening song ‘Arrest Me’ eases the audience into their set, bringing back the buzz of the end of Ronald Raygun’s set, starting slowly but by the end rocking with drummer Dom Hall being given freedom to express himself which, in other songs, is limited to soft accompaniment. ‘Ivy’ follows this. Lead guitarist Sam McDougall leads them into the song which has a sound reminiscent of the twanging guitar of Johnny Marr and the opening to a Cure song. Danny Lynd’s vocals stayed strong throughout the performance. Don’t think this is just another indie singer though. The more I listened to it, the more it seemed like the return of Jeff Buckley.

"reminiscent of the twanging guitar of Johnny Marr and the opening to a Cure song"

The guitar dominated sound continued in the melancholic ‘Song for C’, however accompanied by the support of Matt Edge’s keyboard and Olly Brooks’ saxophone. Their cover of Whitney’s ‘Dave’s Song’ took the performance to a new level with them all playing together in beautiful harmony. Their cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright’ was another highlight of the night.

The last songs of the night topped off a fantastic set. The penultimate, ‘Sugarray’, was a lullaby combination of Lynd’s vocals with bassist Matty Floyd supporting his vocals in mirror. They “encored” with ‘Nason M’. The song was of a similar sound to the rest of the night, but much like their covers, the band really came together and in this case seemed to transcend the event itself. It combined the flavours and feels of all the songs of their set, rounding off the night with a pumped up and ecstatic crowd. If you haven’t listened to these guys yet, I heartily recommend giving them a listen and coming to their next gig.

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