We all like something for free, right? From samples in supermarkets to perfume swatches between glossy magazine pages, free stuff is awesome- but sometimes a little inconsequential. There to whet your appetite for the good shit without giving you enough to get by.
And then there’s Cupids’ gig last night.
For an event with free entry I was blown away by the talent in Cupids, formed in 2015 and hailing from my hometown of Manchester. They describe their music as ‘heavy rhythm based songs with flashes of serenity’ and I can’t refute that.
When I was at a gig earlier in the year (Hello Operator, for those interested) I met a guy who said “you know good music when you enter the gig knowing nothing and leave with three choruses in your head”. I can honestly say that I was tapping rhythms and humming tunes all the way back home after Cupids. They have an undeniably catchy sound and a real talent for making memorable lyrics. Check out Good Things (Come to Those Who Wait) on Spotify and you will see what I mean. Anthemic is just one word for it.
I am an unashamed indie music lover. If it’s got skinny, long-haired boys with guitars and a dirty sound, the chances are I’m front and centre of the crowd. However, anyone who knows even a little about me knows the 80’s hold a special place in my heart; Kate Bush with her bizarre music videos and soaring vocals in particular. Ergo, upon hearing the opening bars of Running Up That Hill as I made my way to the bathroom I promptly turned on my heel and ran straight back to my spot. The fact that it was so clearly their cover but with the classic Kate Bush power and size (as opposed to Placebo’s stripped down simplicity) was incredibly refreshing. I love a good cover and that was a very good cover.
Something that must be said for Cupids is that they have great stage presence and are a genuine pleasure to watch (nothing to do with my penchant for lanky indie boys, I promise). They had good rapport with the audience and actually spoke to us, something I have missed recently. They also put together a brilliant set. They seem to know how to start and end a show and the aforementioned cover and quieter songs were well placed between up-tempo songs so the set, even after mellow tracks like Cover in a Storm, never lost momentum.
I know reviews always say things like this but with a sold-out gig in Manchester tonight and being on the line-up for events such as Liverpool’s Sound City and Brighton’s The Great Escape, I have a feeling that some very good things are coming to Cupids. They are currently on tour so get in there while there are still tickets and I’ll meet you in May when they return to London.
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