Pure Graft/Lock & Keys @ Santiagos, Leeds 10.09.10

First Friday night gig I’ve attended in Leeds and what a cracker!  Dave (Pure Graft) had put on a sweet bill, sadly Well Wisher weren’t able to make it due to family issues which was a real shame but hopefully all is OK on that front.  In their place were The Lock & Keys. I was unfamiliar with the band but was pleasantly surprised.  Definitely not what I’d usually listen to and because of that I haven’t got a lot of comparisons to make as they’re sort of out of my musical vocabulary if that makes sense?  At a push I guess bands like The Movielife or bands of that ilk and from what I’ve heard of Polar Bear Club I guess a comparison could be made there.  Essentially poppy-punk with keyboards and male/female vocals with a hell of a lot of break downs and half times!  Check it out.

Set List:

1. Guilty
2. Save your breath
3. Close to your chest
4. Late Nights
5. Absent friends
6. Wasting time
Download the Lock & Keys set by right clicking and saving as here or just click to stream
Pure Graft were up next and it’d been a long time since I’d seen them last.  Often their reputation precedes them as the contain a bit of a who’s who of Northern punk.  They’ve definitely stepped up a gear over the last year as anyone whose heard their songs on the four way 10″ that ROIDH recently released.  The band somehow manage to mesh the technically proficient hardcore of bands like Strike Anywhere with the party atmosphere of bands like Dillinger Four, not sure how they manage it (at a guess frontman Lesta’s banter has a big part as can be heard here…) but hell, it’s awesome and impossible not to love.
So have a listen then show them some love.
Set List:
1. Pugs vs Dan Yemin
2. Blatanat localism
3. When we fail
4. Drinking at the Pantheon Bar
5. Walking on Glass
6. Duh Duh Durh
7. Minor Threat
Right click here to download the set
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