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The Humour - Leeds Cockpit - Sunday June 6th 2010 (LIVE REVIEW)

Wednesday, 09 June 2010 Written by Adam Simpson
The Humour - Leeds Cockpit - Sunday June 6th 2010 (LIVE REVIEW)

In the small, intimate venue, an atmosphere built as a good crowd of loyal Yorkshire fans gathered to see Wakefield 4 piece, the Humour unleash their heart and "northern" soul, during their album launch party at The Cockpit, Leeds. Providing a taster of their debut album "Your Gunna Pay" which is released this month.

The group put together a good set of some of their established tracks, which there loyal fans, obviously new well, as they sang along, some tracks from their new album and a couple of even newer tracks. They rocked the house with their infectious blend of heavy rock meets pop, catchy chorus's and awesome guitar riffs.


They played 10 tracks to the appreciative audience without a hitch, there drummer Dan played heavy blasts of frenzied skin and symbol as he kept the bands rapid beat going, it's just a shame that the small stage did not allow him to be positioned behind the band, instead he was tucked to one side and most of the audience would have missed seeing him at work, banging away with aggression and frenzy, but that it just one of those things, the stage did not allow him room to be anywhere else, Luke's bass was deep and quick paced, he played behind the guitar brilliantly and even managed a short solo and then there was Matt, the guitarist, what a fantastic technical set he put together, using effects pedals, to allow him to play with one guitar, what a lot of bands struggle to do with two or three, his melodies were warm and catchy and his riffs huge and metallic, his fingers up and down the fret board like a truly accomplished axe wielder. I just wish he'd have played some solos. All these talented musicians laid the foundations for lead singer James to perform. And perform he did, not only is the material which he wrote good, his vocals are good with a good range and a sound which matched the bands intent fantastically well, but above all that, what a showman, he pranced and danced around the stage like he owned it with all the confidence of a seasoned stadium rocker. There was definitely something very special about his performance and his willingness to get the crowd involved and share a bit of banter with them between tracks. The group are playing at the Download Festival at the end of the week and I have no fear that he will be able to handle a big crowd and get them whipped up into an excitable frenzy.

I think these guys did a great job, Ok, it was not anything that we haven't already heard, They sounded a little like The Offspring and there are plenty of groups that have mixed heavy rock with pop, Greenday and more recently The Lostprophets and let's not forget Queen, but so what it's a popular formula that works, if it aint broke don't fix it, and it certainly aint broke as The Humour proved. They have already got a huge following and plenty of support from some big names in the rock business and I'm another fan to add to that list. Not only were there songs good, quite technical and catchy, but there performance was rock solid and quite special if I'm honest. I think we will be hearing a lot more from The Humour and I certainly hope so, not only are they good, but there good Yorkshire Lads.

I fully recommend going to see them play.

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