LIVE: Clay @ This Feeling, Night & Day, Manchester

This Feeling has long caused a buzz on the music scene. Boasting the discovery of some of the best new bands, including Dexters and Manchester natives Blossoms, DJ sets from the likes of Nick Power and recommendations from Noel Gallagher, This Feeling is always a guaranteed party.

Mancunians Inego graced the stage first – founded back in 2007, their casual but incredibly catchy riffs are everything guitar music should be – for some reason this band don’t have the recognition that they deserve.

Stockport based four-piece No Hot Ashes offer punky riffs akin to early Arctic Monkeys, and a nonchalant but captivating stage presence. It’s easy to describe Manchester bands as Manchester music but No Hot Ashes have that and more – rated by Fred Perry Subculture as one of 2015’s top bands, they take noticeable influence from the likes of The Kinks and The Jam, and to good effect.

Clay are causing ripples in the up and coming indie pond, going from strength to strength after selling out various music venues across the country. With plucky, Foals inspired riffs and a detached on stage indifference to challenge Tim Burgess, Clay challenge every member of the audience not to put on their dancing shoes and well and truly use them. Their debut, ‘Sun Dance’ channels Primal Scream’s synth saturated intros and will definitely be everywhere in a few months time.

Noticeably young, the band are a credit to the burgeoning Leeds music scene, pulling in a captivation and interaction from the audience that is rarely found with unsigned bands. Clay have a charming, humble allure that will pull in both fans, and, without a doubt, labels in the very near future.