Paris Youth Foundation - Off The Square, Manchester
Having been lurking around the Liverpool music scene for the past few years, playing shows across Merseyside and further afield from the infamous Cavern Club to the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds, Paris Youth Foundation began their first ever headline tour at Manchester’s Off The Square on Thursday evening.
Deservedly on the rise after years of hard work, the five-piece, freshly signed to Modern Sky UK for the release of a forthcoming debut album took to a nicely packed out room visibly fresh and excited to be playing a debut headline in Manchester.
No strangers to catchy, emotion jammed indie pop and hooking, anthemic choruses, PYF began proceedings with last year’s single Look What You Started, immediately warming Off The Square and setting heads nodding with their signature sweet harmonies and luscious melodies.
Latest single Home Is Where The Heart Is offered the first taste of the band’s new material of the evening, later followed by three more intimate glimpses in the form of Late Night Lost Love, Tired Of Loving You and Goodbye, all of which will no doubt grow to be as loveable as the band’s earlier work when they drop later in the year.
The strong highlight of the set came from the heart wrenching I Can’t Keep Up With Your Love, which despite being a benchmark for frontman Kevin Potter’s raw and poignant take on love songs had the majority of Off The Square either grinning or singing along.
As one of only a handful of headline shows for Paris Youth Foundation, the first date of their tour marked a significant growth for the Liverpool boys. While their live show is simple and straight to the point, there’s a bit of work to be done on their onstage confidence to really bring out their presence in the room, but musically Paris Youth Foundation have established themselves as one of the strongest bands to come from the North West in recent years.
After more “thank you Manchester”’s than you could count, Potter and co ended a genuinely delightful set with Losing Your Love, before leaving the stage visibly humbled and excited for what’s to follow on the remainder of the tour.
Photography by Ianthe Warlow