Sortcode, Fat Cat Cafe Bar, 05/04/2010
185 people crammed into the intimate surroundings of The Fat Cat Café bar tonight for two very important reasons. The first is to support the Joe Gilligan Trust, and the second to see local band Sortcode play their debut gig, two years after their conception.
Joe Gilligan was diagnosed with a brain tumour in March 2008, and since his death in September last year, his father set up a trust fund in his memory. For each ticket purchased for the sold out event, 50p went to the charity, with further proceeds expected from the sale of merchandise at the event.
With this in mind a lot was resting on support act The Clock The Storm who hail from Stoke, but their confidence knew no bounds as they ripped through their set consisting of tracks such as ‘Cheekbones’ and ending track ‘Rope Swings.’
After a short interval the crammed room got even hotter as the moment we’d all been waiting for arrived, Sortcode take to the stage. Sounding somewhere between Muse and The Foo Fighters, lead singer Luke Gessner is an ocean of calm throughout the bands hectic set. With the obligatory thanks to Joe and the charity, the band continue through their set which occasionally was interrupted by an awry microphone cable.
Despite the minor hiccups, the music continued and remained exciting throughout. Songs from their forthcoming E.P. were showcased to a roaring crowd, such as ‘Prying Eyes,’ ‘Flawless Crime,’ and ‘Better Deal.’
Tonight was definitely a success for the fresh faced band and the worthy cause that they’re supporting.
By Lyndsey Oliver – review also published here