Since they spiralled onto the music scene just two months ago, The Opera Comic have proved tenfold that they are one of the most exciting and creative new bands on the block; rather than merely make a simple announcement, they released a mysterious spiral image online which subsequently circulated in and around Leeds by way of posters and flyers... thus intriguing us all, and doing so whilst remaining completely anonymous the whole time. When on the first of October the band finally launched, their debut single was every inch as interesting, quirky and extravagant as I'd hoped it would be, and so I was extremely excited when they announced a debut Leeds headline show at Brudenell Social Club. The night was put on by the brilliant Scruff Of The Neck, and with a bill boasting three equally brilliant up and coming bands, it was always going to be a fantastic show.
First up was The Doldrums; now anyone who knows me will be aware of the fact that these boys hold a very special place in my heart, but the excitement of seeing them this time was somewhat bittersweet. Ollie Trevers has been with the band on joint frontman duties since day 1, but this was to be his final show. When I saw them live for the first time a couple of years ago, it was his incredible vocals that really stood out to me and drew me to them, and admittedly there was a couple of occasions throughout the set where I teared up a little. However, the performance was as effervescent and spirited as I've come to expect from these boys, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that they'll return bigger and better than ever before in 2017. Best of luck in the future, Ollie.
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