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Ever since opening its doors in 1978, Moles in Bath has become an iconic live music venue. Hosting all manner of bands, it has welcomed the likes of Blur, Pulp and Bastille, but tonight was the night of Farebrother, and they played a fantastic gig. These four Bath-based musicians are increasingly taking the local music scene by storm, and are marking the end of a busy 2016 with their new single 'A Little Late'. It is the latest of many vibrant and soulful songs from the Indie Rock quartet, and judging from the reaction of the audience tonight, it will do very well indeed. Here it is, in all its fresh glory:
Lead Singer and songwriter Tom, during a pre-gig sound check. There is more than a touch of the young Michael Hutchence charisma about him.
This band have a very genuine sound, and when I chatted to the band before the gig they told me that they want their songs to have firm roots in storytelling. For a young band, Tom, Mike, Matt and Owen look and sound wise beyond their years, and their music reflects this. They are each consummate musicians in their own right, and each member enriches their sound wonderfully. I am hesitant to compare their music to anybody because it is so unique, but at a push, I would say that they share something of the energy and intensity of 'The Killers'. Having said that, Farebrother have a plaintive melody about them that I have not heard in other bands. They are superb.
Moles, from the main entrance, above street level.
With its below street level performance space, Moles has a special and intimate atmosphere of its very own. Located at the top of the city, it is tucked away beneath busy George Street. Music-goers enter upstairs, going through an open bar area with pool table and projector screen, and head downstairs for the music. I spent a very happy half hour watching a screening of The Matrix and playing pool, before the gig began. The staff are very friendly and relaxed at Moles, and it is a combination of all of these elements that make it such a great venue.
The Wall of Fame, with its famous alumni. I have no doubt that 'Farebrother' will be written here before ling.
I love going to see bands when they play on their home turf. There is something very satisfying about watching a performance that is homegrown, where the city embraces its own. I was struck tonight by how the band described Moles as a 'Milestone venue' for them, where they love to return and play their latest material. Having said that, tonight's gig was great because there was an easy balance of older and newer songs in the setlist. The forty minute set rushed by, even though it was packed with songs. Tonight was the first time that I have heard Farebrother play live, but I am determined to watch them again very soon.
The band performing mid-song. Moles may be quite small, but the sound and lighting packs a punch!