It’s been a busy year of near-constant festival dates, support slots and headline shows for Sheffield’s RedFaces.
Tonight (Wednesday 27 September) it is the London-leg of their 20-date UK headline tour – with local mates In Sulks in tow. A rainy Wednesday night does not usually make for the most impassioned London crowd, but from the moment RedFaces step on stage at the Sebright Arms, it’s clear they mean business.
Opening with ‘Fun To Be Young’, this is a band who are loving every minute of it, their onstage confidence a testament to a number of gigs they have already played this year.
Debut single ‘Katie Come Home’ follows, kicking the crowd into gear and the girls at the front (that ever reliable bellwether of cool) already know all the words.
Several new songs are rattled off before previously-released singles ‘Wise Up’ and ‘Kerosene’ see the audience swaying in recognition. These are songs built to stand out on a large festival stage, proved earlier this year when RedFaces performed at Community Festival in Finsbury Park
As they introduce the last song there is an audible groan from the disappointed crowd at their feet. But, they all sense it’s ok though as we know they’ll be back soon – playing a much larger venue.
Definitely, a band to keep an eye on, RedFaces are coming to a city near you, soon.
Words: Jack Collins
Photography Credit: Alex Fordham