The Staves at Leeds Beckett SU – 27/10/2015

When I heard The Staves were to be performing at my very own Student Union I remember squealing from excitement and I found myself eagerly counting down the days on my calendar.

Support came from Gabriel Rios, a trio that I had heard of before, but never payed much attention to. Yet the beautiful mix of tones from the cello, double bass and thick acoustic guitar created such an impressive sound that I couldn’t wait to go back home and listen to him some more.

With the welcome addition of violinist of Hudson Taylor,Tadhg Walsh-Peelo, there was a much bigger depth to The Staves’ live sound compared to last time I had seen them headlining at Barn on the Farm over summer. The addition of the full band suits the girls’ new style perfectly, and as they broke into an updated version of Mexico, I really began to appreciate how much a few extra instruments can transform a beautiful acoustic song to an impressive venue filler.

Yet it was their cover of Feel by Bombay Bicycle Club that stood out across the night for me. What can I say, when your favourite band covers your other favourite band, you know that you’ll love it before they’ve even started playing. Well I certainly did, and their imaginative twist of the track sent my little fan-girling mind into overdrive. Their charm was so welcoming that it made you feel as though you were just chatting in a room as they spoke to the crowd. Before launching into Make It Holy Jess admitted that any song fitted to the chords, and began singing audiences’ requests of 00’s classics over the three simple yet beautiful chords, going from Kylie, Destiny’s Child and S Club 7, much to the audiences’ and bands’ enjoyment, as it took a while for the giggles to die down.

There’s definitely no lie when I say that The Staves are immensely talented, as there isn’t a single part from each song from the album that they missed, going from the subtle backing vocals in Horizons to the impressive loop pedal harmony section in Let Me Down.


If I Was is now available to download on iTunes.