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Review: Sophie & The Giants – 08/10/19 – Northumbria Institute 2, Newcastle

22/10/2019

Tuesday nights are rarely exciting, but as part of the UK half of their headline tour, indie-pop group Sophie and the Giants stopped off at Northumbria institute to liven up everyone’s evening.

The Sheffield based group have managed to master an upbeat, poppy sound without sounding generic or cheesy; combined with leading lady Sophie’s sublime singing voice, Sophie and the Giants made a significant impact on stage.

First impressions are essential, and Sophie and the Giants made sure they made a good one, opening up with ‘Waste My Air’, which is my personal favourite track of theirs. After blasting this one many times through my headphones I was excited to hear it played live, it was everything I hoped it would be and more.

Sophie and the Giants treated the audience to a few unreleased songs too, including ‘Wild Child’, ‘Break your Heart’ and ‘Runaway’… all of which have me eager to hear studio versions. Sophie and the Giants have a fantastic stage presence, especially from their new bassist, who looked like she was absolutely loving life all night.

During ‘The Light’, Sophie and the Giants gave off major Florence and the Machine vibes, and it’s a beautifully written song. Everything from the build-up to the powerful chorus was flawless, and as I watched, I was blown away by how talented each and every member of the band were.

Sophie channelled pure sass during ‘Bulldog’ as she sang about how she is a force to be reckoned with. Sophie got closer and closer to the crowd as she sang this, and when she went from whispering one line to belting out the next, she wowed everyone in the audience proving that while she is small, her lung capacity most certainly isn’t.

My favourite moment from the night had to be the hauntingly beautiful cover of Supertramp’s ‘Breakfast in America’ mashed up with Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Games’. Sophie’s vocals stunned during this slow and emotive rendition paired together with backing vocals from guitarist, Toby it was a beautiful cover and the perfect addition to the setlist for the night.

Closing the night, Sophie and the Giants performed their latest single, ‘Break the Silence’ a motivating bright sounding song. ‘Break the Silence’ is an absolute tune, and if you haven’t heard it yet, you’re missing out. The audience was encouraged to come and say hi to the band afterwards, which was lovely; and when I requested a copy of a setlist, they even signed it for me.

Despite spilling my entire pint at one point of the gig, my heartbreak over the loss of my dark fruits was soon forgotten about, and I had an amazing night. It’s not hard to see why Sophie and the Giants are doing so well, after a summer of performing festivals including Glasto, and an unbelievable amount of hype surrounding them, Sophie and the Giants are definitely one to keep an eye out for.

Law Emilia

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