It may have been Foxglove’s last gig of the decade, but it also marked a statement of what is to come from the Manchester band.
Foxglove have been tipped as one of the top up and coming Manchester bands. And this Manchester gig, their last of the year, comes at the end of a huge twelve months for Foxglove, who have seen tweaks to their musical style, Joe Myers joining the band on bass and a heavy year of writing.
As the foursome head on stage, they look relaxed yet determined. They open the set with Car Radio, setting their stall out early and impressing from the outset. I must confess this is my first time catching Foxglove live, and I’m immediately impressed.
When we spoke to Foxglove a few weeks before the gig they told us that their show is about “lots of energy, glittering guitar sounds, anthemic drumming, a few hair flicks and lots of grooving baselines thrown in for good measure”. In truth there’s that and a whole lot more.
The nine-track performance sees the band playing recent singles Car Radio, Selfish and freshly released Blind in the midst of an excellent set.
They’re tight throughout the 40 minute set. Abi White’s vocals are spot on, delivering arching melodies and gentler moments perfectly. She interacts with the highly attentive crowd, beckoning them closer to the stage (they duly oblige). Guitar (Ryan Croney), drums (Liam Croney) and bass are all precise and add textures and layers and with great energy and frequently huge smiles.
Foxglove deliver on all levels – there’s plenty of guitar driven indie and a dousing of pop easily gets the crowd dancing as the energy from the stage unsurprisingly spills over on to the floor.
There’s plenty more to come from Foxglove, who will no doubt be grabbing a lot of attention in 2020.
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Author: Mark Kelly
Music lover. Gig reviewer.
Often found at the merch stand.