The Howl and The Hum & JAWS @ Neighbourhood Festival 2017

Hey guys, so two of my reviews along with some photos I’ve taken were just published in Issue 5 of the Mancunion student’s newspaper! Pretty cool huh? Make sure to pick up an issue if you’re local, if not I’ve posted the link to one here and the other is below ( will post the link when I can!) L xx


 

The Howl & The Hum: http://mancunion.com/2017/10/16/howl-hum-neighbourhood-festival-2017/

JAWS: Link yet to come through

JAWS at the Bread Shed: Neighbourhood Festival 2017

Jaws round-up Neighbourhood Festival with a swamped, endorphin inducing set writes contributor Olivia White

Nifty Birmingham trio Jaws were the last act of the festival playing at the Bread Shed to an audience that were only entering on a one in, one out basis. Opening with ‘Just a Boy’, the first track from their most recent album ‘Simplicity’, Jaws plunged us straight into their very classic gritty, adolescent roots. Despite much of Jaws’ music exploring the highs and lows of being a teenager, make no mistake in presuming their songs are just a phase. Frontman, Connor Schofield manages to perfectly entwine his soothing vocals with both equally remedying tunes such as ‘Think Too Much, Feel Too Little’ whilst also mastering the complete opposite with angsty, raw ‘What We Haven’t Got Yet’.

Having never seen Jaws live but being a big fan for a number of years now, I have to admit I was just as nervous as I was excited. Given Connor’s style I had my hesitations about whether or not his voice would be lost amongst his counterparts however from the moment they entered the stage it was clear I had deeply underestimated their craftmanship in performing. This canny, intricate trio enveloped the audience in a charged ambience which sent electric shocks down my spine. From little groovy guitar licks laced with reverb and distortion to echoing, weighty drum beats Jaws fuse together and create grooves within their songs that will linger, bouncing around your head weeks later.

Despite being part of the heavily contested indie-rock genre, Jaws are unique in their ability to communicate sophisticated lyricism and intense themes throughout both their debut album ‘Be Slowly’ and ‘Simplicity’ which appears to particularly connect with the youth of today. Even though I was a little disappointed that my favourite song ‘17’ from their newest album did not feature on the setlist, a song that really engages with the inner turmoil of anxiety and adolescence, it’s clear that Jaws have latched onto the subconscious of every single member of their audience who flawlessly sang back every word, clutching onto any lines they can identify with.

If you’re looking for a groovy yet complex band who leave a profound blow to your inner thoughts, Jaws are the band for you.

9/10