Sunday 9 September 2012

Taking Hayley // Live Review, Dry Bar, Manchester

Taking Hayley only formed back in 2010 but have been working hard building a loyal fan base and even bagging themselves a slot supporting Mcfly. Est.1987 caught up with the four-piece back in July as we marked them out as a future talent. 

So, when the band announced their August tour we couldn’t say no to heading to Manchester to check out their live show. Want to know what we thought? Click below…

Taking Hayley joined on stage by The Ocean's Eyes guitarist Andy Dutnall

Taking Hayley bound on stage tonight here at Manchester’s Dry Bar. Their debut album “Tricks And Games” was released last month and seems to have only increased the band’s already accumulating fan base and excitement waves through the venue. Album track “Better Look Next Time” kicks off the evening, typical of the band’s sound it is up tempo with a youthful fever to it. Singles “Up All Night” and “Circles” are laden with catchy pop hooks yet are building, holding down an epic quality to them.
Taking Hayley 
Taking Hayley deliver sugary sweet hit upon hit, but also prove they are capable of more toned down slower numbers that are equally as impressive. “Crying Eyes” slows the evening down and just lead singer Alistair Keenan, now taking to the keys, and drummer Jay Murphy remain on stage. The song is poignant and the perfect interlude mid-set before the rest of the band, joined by guitarist Andy from support band The Ocean’s Eyes, gradually drift back onto the stage and the evening kicks off once again.

Taking Hayley's Alistair Keenan
Speaking to the boys earlier in the year they told Est.1987 how, “There is no better feeling than spending some quality time with your best mates, all doing the one thing you love to do, which is playing shows in different cities.” Tonight, here in Manchester, was the culmination of how far the band has come and proof that their hard work is paying off. Their enthusiasm and passion is undeniably obvious and, you can’t help but like Taking Hayley [if you don’t believe us then ask the girls in the front row]. Strong melodies are at the forefront of the bands approach and they are even cheeky enough to throw in a cover version. Labrinth’s “Earthquake” is given a rockier makeover as the boys effortlessly breeze through the song. With a confident performance here tonight Taking Hayley prove they are doing their bit for UK pop-punk. Recently telling Est.1987, “It's been a great ride [so far] and it's hard not to really look back at what we've done and feel a bit proud; but at the moment we're working hard planning the rest of the year and the start of 2013. Exciting times ahead!” Keep your eyes on these boys! 

And, to read the full interview with Taking Hayley click HERE

The album “Tricks and Games” is out now