Kashmere are a firm favourite of the Manchester music scene for a lot of people, including myself. Their knack for writing potential indie anthems filled with addictive riffs makes for easy listening, so it’s no surprise that their headline show at the ever popular Jimmy’s was a sell out.
The first set of the night came from Oldham’s indie four-piece The Recreation who certainly managed to get the night off to a good start. Their youthful energy combined with proper indie-rock riffs reminded me of early Catfish and The Bottlemen, even more so when they threw in a cover of Cocoon. This was my first experience of The Recreation and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them on big stages within a year or two.
The Claremonts are a band I’ve wanted to catch live since our interview last month, so I was very pleased to find them on the line up. By the time they’d taken to the stage Jimmy’s had started to fill out and the atmosphere was quickly building. Within a minute of their set starting the crowd were already hooked on the band’s energetic Northern sound, keeping the front row dancing from start to finish. The highlight was definitely latest single Another Day, the catchy melody and big chorus putting the perfect finish to a truly enjoyable set.
By the time the headliners appeared on stage, the room was packed to the point that made movement difficult, but of course that didn’t prevent anyone from enjoying the pure excitement that is Kashmere. Kicking off with their massive debut single Blow Your Mind, they wasted no time in proving why they’re one of the best bands in Manchester at the moment.
Each and every song in the set was an explosion of massive riffs, fully proving that Kashmere are a band with more potential than you could ever ask for. Upcoming single Hoxton is just as infectious as Blow Your Mind, yet more proof that this is a band capable of writing endless addictive tracks. Ending with latest release Porcelain, this was one of those sets which seemed to end far too quickly. The whole thing flowed perfectly, overflowing with lyrics capable of sticking in your head for days and leaving you with the feeling that you’ve just witnessed something huge.
Kashmere play Dot 2 Dot Festival on Friday 26th May.