Despite the horrendous weather and multitude of shows being cancelled across the country, nothing was stopping Sly Antics from taking over The Bread Shed for their biggest headline show to date. One of Manchester’s forerunners once again demonstrated why they are the step above everybody else.

The only impact the “Beast from the East” had on the show was a few people being too scared of their “slippy drives” and the trio ditching their usual short shorts for a much more weather appropriate outfit; yet this could also be a sign of change and a step up in class from the band. The usual attitude and power hadn’t changed though, after a lengthy intro Sam Hudson strides onto stage and his guitar rings around the venue to signal the start off ‘Motion’ which gets the adrenaline flowing around the room.

Sly Antics kept the energy going with both Hudson and Allen bouncing around the stage in their usual fashion. Hudson’s distinct vocal can be felt bellowing out from the stage, particularly in tracks ‘Lights Go Down’ and ‘Break It Buy It”. Sly Antics unveiled a new track, ‘B side’ which they warned they hadn’t rehearsed fully yet; this warning was unnecessary as it was as tight as the rest of their set and also a personal favourite of the night – showing even more exciting times to come from the band if they’re continuing to produce tracks of this calibre so soon after releasing their latest single.

Unsurprisingly Sly Antics ended on their latest release, ‘Sunday Fear’, and the room erupted to beat of Lee Hudson’s drums, before bouncing off each other and singing along to the song which i’m sure the majority of the audience could relate to the following day.

Sly Antics showed their dominance and power on the live stage once again and are seemingly stepping it up a gear and putting their name amongst some the best unsigned bands currently touring the country. The band are constantly growing and jumping from strength to strength and with the catalogue of songs they already posses who knows where they’ll be next.

Written by: Stuart Daley