REVIEW: Twisted Wheel kick off reunion tour in Whitehaven

By Rachael Grealish

IT was a sell-out night of new music and new beginnings as Twisted Wheel kicked off their reunion tour in Cumbria.

Twited Wheel soaking up the sun and the Whitehaven scenery – photo by Robert Haile

The North West indie favourites came back with a bang, starting off a nation-wide set of dates for the new tour, Snakes and Ladders, at the Whitehaven venue, The Yellow Earl, last night (Friday, April 20).

It may have been the first in a reunion, after four years apart, but the band – made up of Harry Lavin, Adam Clarke, Richard Allsopp and Jonny Brown – hadn’t lost a following in Whitehaven.

With the lights low and the room packed, the classic eager calls of: “Wheeeee-eel! Wheee-eel!” could be heard throughout.

Twisted Wheel soon hit the stage, getting straight to work – performing some classics such as: You Stole The Sun, She’s a Weapon and Ride.

But while the audience enjoyed the known songs, it was songs from their new album Snakes and Ladders that really caught my attention.

This sound felt closer to the bone, more raw, but nonetheless still energetic, enigmatic and driven with a passion for the music.

Lead singer Jonny Brown has definitely come back more mature as the new lyrics are laces with wisdom and wit.

He said: “It’s brilliant to be back, we’re excited to release new music and be back in Whitehaven – it’s been a while.”

The four-piece said kicking off their tour somewhere like The Yellow Earl was perfect for their music and for the comeback of local music scenes.

Brown said: “I feel like town music venues are making their comeback and we love to play venues like this – you tend to get people coming to see you who are gritter, more real and really into the music.

“All the venues on our tour are in really great towns and cities with like the best people.”

Supporting was Indica Gallery – the Manchester-based band playing their third show ever.

There was a real 60s/70s psychedelic feel to the five-piece – with some definite feel of The Beatles and 60s Simon and Garfunkel thrown in there.

Indica Gallery were celebrating the release of their new single Forever Loving You – a great new sound with a classic feel.

These guys are ones to look out for.

It was a night of great new sounds with really good vibes – it’s no shock it was a sell-out gig.

The Yellow Earl played the perfect edgy music venue that wouldn’t be out of place in a bigger city like Manchester or Brighton.

Twisted Wheel next head to Bolton tonight (Saturday, April 21) but have a full summer touring ahead of them – including an appearance at Kendal Calling.

But once you hear them, you’ll be hooked.