On the 10th of March, a new Leeds based events company, Loosey Goosey, hosted their first event at Hyde Park Book Club; this was Sunday Dreamin’. Three exciting local bands played: Limbo Days, Bad Idea and Pepe Sylvia. Illuminated by a plethora of fairy lights, the stage glowed as if in anticipation and the gig-space had been decorated with knitted wall-hangings, pictures of ‘Loosey Goosey’ geese and the ever-present image of Jack Black’s face.
First on were Limbo Days, a project fronted by The Slumdogs Elliot Gaspar, and they got off to a raucous start. Their own brand of rock ‘n’ roll brings together the influences of acts like The Style Council, Miles Kane and The Beatles. From their memorable first few songs, it is clear that they have great potential, however, it was when Gaspar lay down his guitar and took his seat behind a piano that the artistry of the band was realised, a seemingly effortless change between the two instruments provided grooves that were suited less for moshing and more for dancing. A brilliant start to the evening, leaving many of us wondering if the night had climaxed too soon.
After a short interval the next band, Bad Idea, took to the stage. Previously just a two-piece consisting of Guitarist/Vocalist Sarah and drummer Daniel, they brought along another two friends for Sunday Dreamin’. At this point in the evening, the room had begun to fill up, and I soon understood why. Bad Idea have their own distinct trademark on the dream pop sound, occasionally dipping into a more shoegaze feel, all laid down with roaring guitars drenched in reverb and a rhythm section that makes it an band that you can’t help but dance to. Their sound filled the small venue, and a musical charge moved through the crowd; not a single body in the room stood still. Any thoughts that Limbo Days had been a premature peak for Sunday Dreamin’ were now put to rest. If you ever get the chance, I would suggest that it is a very good idea to go and hear Bad Idea.
Once the dust had settled in the wake of Bad Idea, it was the turn of Pepe Sylvia to entertain the audience. Looking like a band displaced in time and that should have been picked up by Postcard in the 80s, a unique blend of folk and psych brings these Leeds-based rockers into a genre that stands somewhere between The Decemberists and Neutral Milk Hotel. The stage presence of both Limbo Days and Bad Idea is nothing to be sniffed at, but Pepe Sylvia proved to be something else entirely. Not a single member remained on the same instrument that they started the set with, continually moving between instruments and transforming the sound, it was clear that the entire group were passionate about every note played. The quality of playing didn’t differ, and each member was a master of every instrument they picked up, beautiful harmonies filled out any sonic space that wasn’t being used by the five-piece. At the end of their planned set, they brought an audience member out of the crowd, who then grabbed a guitar and the group began to play once again. They played a song that they hadn’t played at all since this audience member had left the band almost two years ago. This addition of a past member created new sense of energy upon stage, and as the song came to an end the applause roared around the venue.
That Sunday night, Loosey Goosey brought a plethora of incredible bands to the Hyde Park Book Club stage and the night was an overwhelming success. Perfectly balanced for some true Sunday Dreamin’, the chill yet danceable lineup wowed everyone that filled the small space.
Here’s to hoping that we haven’t seen the last of Loosey Goosey’s Sunday Dreamin’.