Abbie Lammas w/Ben Parcell @ Shades Nightclub, Bridlington

Abbie Lammas & Ben Parcell
Shades Nightclub, Bridlington
Saturday 18th August

Shortly after leaving Brid Rocks, I headed down to Shades to see Abbie Lammas with her new (currently unnamed) band as well Bridlington’s own Ben Parcell. It had been some years since I last saw Abbie performed, so I was rather excited to see her perform in Brid again.

IMG_0122A calm, friendly atmosphere hovered in Shades as Ben hypnotised the crowd with a soothing, gentle sound that softly echoed across like a whisper in the wind. Ben performed a couple of tracks from his latest EP such as the folky title track Painted By Numbers which still retained a subtle, discreetly heard pop punk vibe and the catchy number Love Song, both of which Ben performed flawlessly. Of course Ben threw in a few covers as well such as Driftwood and Remembering Sunday, the latter of which came across powerfully. Ben ended his set on with an entertaining encore of Baby One More Time.

Shortly after Ben’s set, Abbie’s band had a quick jam on stage which IIMG_0135 unfortunately missed due to fulfilling my carnal cravings for nicotine. Once I placed myself back firmly in my seat, Abbie began her set, beginning with a song entitled Twinkle, which was like her own rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star only with some new parts thrown in to make it more suited to her style of playing. The second song she performed, which I never caught the name of, really demonstrated the strength and versatility of her voice as it left people watching and listening in both awe and appreciation of her talent.

When her band began playing along with her later in her set, new musical dimensions were opened up with Abbie’s music as thunderous riffs and solemn bass work boomed throughout the venue, enhancing Abbie’s vocals grandly. Later in her set, Abbie swapped from acoustic to electric and to say it was her first time playing electric guitar live, she did superb, especially during in the performance of the mesmerizing, alt. rock sounding song Save Me.

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In a vast landscape of female fronted acts, Abbie and her band have got a lot of potential and really do stick out, both musically and vocally, from the other female fronted acts.

Nico Davidson

Photography by DAVID FERRET TAYLOR – http://facebook.com/DFTPhotography

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