REVIEW: The Twang, DCAS, Chesterfield

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WHO’D have thought the day would come when the DCAS (Donut Creative Art Studio) in Chesterfield hosted The Twang.

Hidden on a cul de sac on the edge of the town centre, DCAS was a late sub for the short lived Battery bar and despite its fine décor and ample stage the Brummie headliners were less than pleased about their surroundings, which they referred to unkindly as a scout hut. They berated the sound engineer as soon as they took the stage, although from the punters’ side all seemed well.

Support had come via two Sheffield bands, Section 60, whose solid set of rock anthems drew a lukewarm response from a well-populated room, while Whispering Dolls, a powerhouse trio risen from the ashes of Dead Delta, delivered a high tempo 25-minute set that had the crowd cheering by the close.

The Twang sold over 200,000 copies of their 2007 début album Love It When I Feel Like This but have since struggled to maintain the success. Live they create the ultimate party vibe, however, and tonight, in spite of moans from main man Phil, the audience lapped it up, right from opener Ice Cream Sundae with a mass of bouncing bodies, pumping arms and vocal accompaniment.

Barney Rubble from second album Jewellery Quarter kept up the momentum with only Paradise temporarily stilling the crowd. Two Lovers and Wide Awake stoked up the fires again before they left the stage, and despite being a little reluctant to encore they did return and Cloudy Room closed a memorable evening on several levels.