March 9, 2011 by Dan Swinhoe
First up are Hull’s premiere power trio Streaming Lights, featuring Sunderland Uni’s own Ryan Gibbins on bass. Playing a brand of indy rock between Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand, they are surprisingly tight for a band that have only been together for six months. The guitar work is impressive and the crowd get into it despite some of the bands self-proclaimed “onstage persona of a rake”.
Next is Seaham born Malk Vant, who now resides in Brighton. Armed with only a guitar, an amp he nicked off his friend and his voice, he played a set of well written, powerful yet melancholy songs. The self referential tunes often cross too far from heartfelt into plain angst but there’s great potential.
The headliners Wolf gang play to the biggest crowd of the night, without the aid of pulling in friends like the rest of the bill, but considering it’s friday night there’s a noticeable lack of a throng. The band themselves play their disco meets scissor sisters with confidence and have the most swagger of anyone on the bill tonight. Frontman Max McElligott sings with confidence on songs such as ‘Lions In Cages’, and the crowd enjoys it. The songs are decent but uninspiring, and while it’s easy to see them playing bigger venues and heading out into the higher end of the charts, they aren’t anything particularly special.
Original at: http://sparksunderland.com/2011/02/11/wolf-gang-review/