FABRIC BEAR // SNEAKY PETE'S, EDINBURGH
Fabric Bear sell-out intimate homecoming show at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s
In a night of three rock acts at Sneaky Pete’s Fabric Bear certainly stood out. This was the local Edinburgh rock band’s first live performance since May of last year and they didn’t hold back. All three acts of the night were enjoyable and lent themselves to the evening. Shredd, on first, opened the night with a very energetic rock performance channelling definite punk vibes throughout. The closing act, Allusinlove, finished off the night with the intense stage presence one would come to expect from rock. Fabric Bear was the most reserved of the three performances, though this isn’t to say that they were lacking anything. Rather it came across as a confident professionalism as their music and interaction with the crowd shone through.
In a venue as intimate as Sneaky Pete’s it was easy to tell what the audience thought of the performance, with people in the crowd turning to one another after the set was done exclaiming “that was amazing” on repeat.
The band capitalised on the setting early with the lead singer paying his compliments to the other bands of the night and creating a generally welcoming atmosphere. He followed this up with good interaction with the crowd, egging them on to raise their hands up for the songs and move to the music – which the crowd happily did.
They showed a good control of pacing throughout their songs – not just going zero to one hundred from the word ‘Go’ like some bands often do. Instead, they flowed nicely between the strong instrumentals of the rock genre and some slower, more rhythmical moments throughout the set. The balance was struck well.
Sneaky Pete’s is one of the smaller venues and although it wasn’t packed out it was definitely busy. By the quality of the band – which I myself was surprised by having never heard them prior to this gig – I would say that I wouldn’t be surprised to see them on a larger stage in the near future.