Indie shoegaze outfit JAWS returned to Bristol to put on an atmospheric set, with Danish band Nelson Can and Chesterfield outfit Trash bringing up the support.
First up was Trash, a young collective from Chesterfield. Trash came bearing quite a similar sound to JAWS, but perhaps showed more of a sign of their infancy in comparison to the night’s headliners. It was clear to see their was potential in the band, but I couldn’t help but feel that maybe they haven’t refined their live sound yet. The live vocals were very dry in comparison to their sound on record, which seemed to strip quite an identity from their set.
Next was Danes Nelson Can. Instrumentally, the band was set-up with no guitarist, relying on a groove and heavy bass effects to set the tone of their songs. In comparisons to the likes of Slaves and Royal Blood, Nelson Can produce a way more groove based instrumental, in comparison to the former 2 mentioned who rely more on riffs. This allowed vocalist Selina to work in some pop-esque vocals. Overall an impressive sound and energy from the 3 piece.
Headliners JAWS came bringing a giant light up logo and well choreographed lighting to boot. It was clear from the get-go that they are a band heavily focused around creating an ambience and a show to leave an impression. JAWS are perhaps well known for their reverby atmospheric vocals, but live they were surprisingly dry; this led to a different sound that very much complimented their musicianship, whilst also opening up dynamics leading to a sound that could only be described as “big”. JAWS are most certainly a band that are worth catching live; their live show makes this band 10x more exciting, and it feels like this is the proper way their music is meant to be indulged.
Words + Photos : Nick Tucker