White Belt Yellow Tag + Morning Parade + Overreact

posted 27 Nov 2009, 05:01 by Harry Cooke

Fibbers, York

29th October 2009


by Vicky Miller

Hailing from 
Surrey, the now York-based Overreact opened up with some loud basslines and nasal, Brian Molko-esque vocals from singer Marcus Gilbert. “This song got played on Radio One a couple of times” Gilbert boasted from behind his huge, sweeping emo fringe before launching into Violent Eyes. They played a kind of indie-rock reminiscent of Feeder, occasionally slipping into a punk vibe and sounding slightly like an early Placebo. The drum parts were mostly unimaginative, although notably it was the drummer’s first gig with Overreact, and the pop guitar riffs became very repetitive after a few songs. Bassist Luca Cicero’s competence was probably this very young band’s saving grace tonight. 

Next up Essex based Morning Parade took to the stage with their chilled out indie vibes. Singer Steve Sparrow’s voice was high pitched, sounding a lot like Romeo Stodart from The Magic Numbers, and he seemed to wince a little with each line he sang. Morning Parade’s songs with their gently paced guitars and relaxed indie style had an introspective quality about them. There were some louder moments, the occasionally heavy intro but mostly the songs seemed to build up gently with the energy kicking in towards the end. 

As headliner’s White Belt Yellow Tag began their set, the crowd had begun to dwindle. The intro to their next single “Remains” sounded a little too much like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but as the vocals kicked in the song quickly became their own. The guitar parts and drums were perfectly in time, although what would you expect as their live drummer is Tom Bellamey ex-The Cooper Temple Clause. It was at times difficult to work out whether vocalist Craig Pilbin was singing or simply shouting in tune. 

News” sounded like an epic of a song, with massive cacophony of riffs interspersed with gentle, ambient vocals. Halfway through the song descended into an energetic mass distorted guitars and energy, before reverting back into melancholic vocals set against quiet keyboard parts. During the last song, Pilbin’s strangled vocals were only just audible amidst the random bursts of noise and pulsating drums. White Belt Yellow Tag sounded repressed tonight, as if their punk energy was just waiting to burst out but never quite made it

Tonight’s show featured a decent line up with all three bands complementing one another with their varying takes on what would be generically referred to as ‘indie’. It’s a shame that the turn out tonight was slightly disappointing and the crowd’s reception, at best, average.