REVIEW AND SLIDESHOW: The Carousel may be young but the Sheffield teenagers have plenty of potential

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With only a handful of gigs under the belt, it is an impressive, sell-out crowd who turn out for young Sheffield band’s The Carousel’s biggest headline show to date.

The audience may be predominantly friends and family, but the four Beighton teenagers still put on a show at The Rocking Chair in Sheffield city centre.

The Carousel are, from left, George Oxley, Tom Wilkinson, James Knight and Elliot Murray.

The Carousel are, from left, George Oxley, Tom Wilkinson, James Knight and Elliot Murray.

Frontman and songwriter Tom Williamson conducts the show, urging the crowd to dance – and pick up those who fall down – as he effortlessly chats between songs.

The comparisons to early Arctic Monkeys are all too easy, from the Sheffield accents to lyrical Steel City references ito a great cover of I Bet She Looks Good on a Dancefloor.

In truth, there are probably too many covers – as well as Arctic Monkeys, there are also covers of The Strokes’ Someday and three Oasis tracks, including a solo acoustic version of Whatever by Wilkinson.

But a young band – Williamson, guitarist Elliot Murray, bassist James Knight and drummer George Oxley, are all aged just 16 – can be forgiven as they build up their own back catalogue.

And their impressive own songs provide plenty of hope for the future.

Single What’s The Plan is the standout track from the 45-minute set, before the band close with Blue Route Service - a loud, rocky song in tribute to Sheffield Supertram’s Beighton service which ends the show in fine style.

The Carousel are back in action at The Rocking Chair, Furnival Gate, Sheffield city centre, on Friday, supporting Sabella.