The Arbourdecks Live Review – Manchester, Castle Hotel 28/03/2015

After the release of their debut single Weekend, The Arbourdecks were set to headline the Castle Hotel for the single launch of said single. In the small sweaty back room of the Castle, The Arbourdecks were about to showcase why you all should be listening to them.

Starting their set with the single that they came to promote and release, Weekend is a youthful and energetic track that isn’t afraid of what it is. Transferring brilliantly from the studio to live, Weekend is one hell of a tune that shows 4 minute indie rock and roll tunes are not dead and can still be brilliant.

The Arbourdecks then went into the single worthy Tripping. Boasting with the attitude of Oasis and The Stone Roses, the guitars on this track controlled the stage with their baggy wah-wahs. With killer bass work from Jack Clynes and gruff vocals from frontman Dan Auerbach, this track not only impressive live but also The Arbourdecks best track.

Next up from The Arbourdecks was Letting Down Your Guard. This was a much slower affair with powerful pleading vocals that fused Liam Gallagher and Morrissey together to create the ultimate Manc vocal. This ballad fed straight into Going Under, which exploded in a fierce uncontrollable fashion after a intense drum roll from Louis Ellis. The guitars from Taylor Finney were menacing as he was able to show how truly talented he is on lead guitar. Louis towards the end was just smashing his kit with such frenzied power. This is a type of track that would run away with your daughter if you gave it half a chance.

Any Other Way was a Libertine-esque riot that could easily have slipped into The Courteeners debut St. Jude or even The Inbetweeners soundtrack back in the day. With a sing-o-long chorus and brilliant chemistry, this track would even make Pete Doherty and Carl Barât proud.

To conclude the set was the 8 minute long Line Of Sight. Building from the offset, the band enter a drum solo which ends in a flurry of guitars that fill the room. With a much bigger crowd and dedicated fans, this track would be insane live. With Dan and Jack shouting ‘Go’ in unison, Line Of Sight goes into a Red Hot Chilli Peppers style finish. With a manic guitar solo from Taylor, this track is begging to played in a packed sweaty room. As you think the track is over, it has a new lease of life where everyone just jams as much as they can and it brings the whole night to a much deserved grand finale.

You can head over to The Arbourdecks’ Soundcloud now and download their single Weekend for free.

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