On a lush autumn evening some young blood drew us out of the warmth of home and into Derby, to catch a great quadruple line-up boasting local talents.
First up was chilled and pleasant acoustic act Floyd Parker and young talents Fleets who both managed to pull people off of the street and filled the room. The atmosphere nicely set by the lovely preamble; Exile84 were up.
The way bands come onto stage bugs the shit out of me. If you walk on, set up- then put your instrument down and walk off just to come back on and pick it up again when the lights are on, you’re a poser. If you set up and just stay there it’s weird and anti-climatic. The way Exile84 do it is wicked and perfect. Them setting up (somehow) sounds good, then that subtly and slowly builds into a song, and they hit straight into their set. Exile boast classic Rock n Roll, with a bluesy edge- they’re like the Rock version of the Spice Girls (?! wait- stay with me…) in that each member brings their own flavour to the pot and the results are tasty and gutsy- as lovely as Ryan’s is, they should be rocking bigger and better venues, and you should be there watching.
Mario’s Nicotine Parlour take to the stage like a band who know they’re about to have a great gig. The small venue and intimate setting lends itself to this four piece who clearly thrive off of audience interaction. The boys dive into a strong, fast paced set that doesn’t ever let up, with a crowd of fans who seem to be hooked on their every move. Their sound is somewhere between shouty Punk and radio friendly Indie. The boys will be back at Ryan’s in December to celebrate their EP release, maybe you should check them and that out, I don’t think they’ll disappoint.