Final day of Yorkshire event also saw performances from Haxan Cloak and Neurosis
The music at this weekend’s Live at Leeds festival drew to a close last night (May 4) with three evening shows, with Kodaline (O2 Academy), Neurosis (The Cockpit) and Dum Dum Girls (Brudenell Social Club) as the headline acts.
Opening up for Neurosis was Haxan Cloak, from nearby Wakefield. A typically intense set from the electronic noise producer, Haxan Cloak – aka Bobby Krlic – bludgeoned the crowd with his atmospheric soundscapes, relying heavily on the drone of sub-bass and stuttering strobe for effect.
Californians Neurosis, now in their 29th year played to a packed room of devoted fans. Stalwarts of industrial metal, the band played in Leeds fresh from a set at Temples Festival the previous day. The dynamic headline slot marked another stage in their ongoing, sporadic live support for album Honor Found In Decay.
A lighter atmosphere was to be found on the other side of town at the Brudenell Social Club. San Diego outfit Crocodiles were stripped down to a two-piece, of core members Brandon Welchez and Charles Roswell. Propped up by a backing track, the band’s Primal Scream-leaning sound was just as well cnveyed, minus the extra band members.
The headline act, Dum Dum Girls brought the spirit of David Lynch with them to the social club. Backed by a giant heart, surrounded in blue lightbulbs and with bouquets of roses tied to their microphone stands, the Sub Pop band played material from new album End of Daze to an appreciative crowd.
The four members of the band, Dee Dee, Jules, Sandy and Malia dressed all in black, with lead singer Dee Dee taking centre stage in black hotpants and a sheer polka dot top. The band’s new material has a distinct ‘80s sound, recalling The Cure and The Go-Gos.
The Brudenell’s ‘Hangover’ gig was officially drawn to a close with a live set from Leeds’ own Galaxians. The final day of the event (May 5) includes an extension of Friday’s ‘Unconference’ and a five-aside football tournament featuring various members of the local music scene.