The NME gigs over the years, in their many disguises, have always thrown up many bands that have gone massive afterwards, just look at Royal Blood and what has happened to them since appearing 2nd on a bill of 4 bands at the NME tour earlier in the year, their now jaw droppingly big. This bodes well for 2 of the best new bands of 2014: Superfood and Honeyblood who were the main attractions at the Manchester leg of the NME Breed tour @ The Deaf Institute
The night began with the local support and MIMR favourites Man Made stepping up to the plate with a fantastic set of perfect indie rock tunes and warmed to a crowd, who largely weren’t expecting a fine set from the guys from Manchester. Nile Marr has all the makings of following his famous dads shoes and becoming the next great frontman. Himself and the band rallied through, with tracks ‘Plastic key to living’ and last single ‘TV broke my brain’ being personal highlights. These guys get better with every time I watch them play and 2015 I predict will be a big year for Marr and Co
Next to hit the Deaf Institute stage was Honeyblood. The Glasgow duo confidently played a set full of energy and gusto and powered through their self titled debut album (certain to be included in MIMR top albums of the year) Now with new drummer Cat Myers, their set mirrored all that was impressive about their record, their indie pop sound coming across as a reminder to all that Honeyblood are around to stay and can be considered as one of the best girl guitar bands around. ‘Bud’ and set closer ‘Killer bangs brought special praise from the Manchester crowd, we look forward to their future endeavours
Finally Superfood arrived onstage to very exuberant reception, only enhanced by the pride in the bands faces that their debut album was released earlier that week. They set off at rapid speed, with many cuts from latest record ‘Don’t Say That’ and you could say that the Deaf Institute was literally bouncing, as the audience jumped up and down to almost every song possibly. ‘TV’ and ‘Superfood’ certainly shook the floor the most as the Birmingham four-piece Brit-pop charms (a band that could of been placed at any point in 90s) ensured that many people went home sweaty but very happy. They left the stage to A-list celebrity status like adorations, fans grabbing guitars and hi-fives all round. Thanks NME, you chose well this time!