Gig Review: LIINES’ Homecoming at Aatma, Manchester (26/11/16)

LIINES @ Aatma, Manchester. Image © Samantha Guess

LIINES @ Aatma, Manchester. Image © Samantha Guess

Before the gig, I was desperate to ask LIINES about the band name and resolved I would do so when they were done on stage. Having heard the set I just don’t need to. If their name wasn’t all in capitals it wouldn’t suit them.

At an event put on by Manchester music collective Scruff Of The Neck, LIINES confidently took to the stage after support from Danxia and Warm Widow. Manchester’s hot but hard to find music venue Aatma filled up with evidence of LIINES’ fast-growing fan base on an unusually foggy Saturday night in the Northern Quarter.

Their set opened assertively with Shallow then into Liar, both short and punchy. LIINES’ energy blasted through the room and showed no signs of slowing down as they romped through their headline slot. Recently released single Disappear sat proudly in the middle of the set and was celebrated by cheers from their homecoming crowd.

LIINES @ Aatma, Manchester. Image © Samantha Guess

LIINES @ AATMA, Manchester. Image © Samantha Guess

Every song was anthemic, a strong post-punk all female trio that shied away from nothing. The three of them felt equally invested in their music. As is often the case with trios there is enough room in the songs for each of them to showcase their own angle. Each song is driven by relentless bass lines, call-to-arms drums and Zoe’s strident vocals and rhythm delivered under her steely gaze, pulling it all together whilst she turns out melodies on guitar. Each track is short sharp and striking, the crowd was dancing, and the energy in the room was raw.

The set didn’t let up as LIINES moved into tracks like Cold, Blackout and real earworm Never There, which I’m still singing along to now. The sound isn’t a wall of noise like other heavier rock sets, it’s loud and it’s powerful but the melodies are prominent. It’s reminiscent of early QOTSA. Song Part of You seemed to switch pace half way through which cut through the crowd and spurred us on even more, showing off LIINES’ edge and making me very excited for potential album release in 2017, definitely give them a follow and keep an eye out for that, it will be worth it.

To find out more read our recent interview with LIINES.

Set List: Shallow, Liar, New Song, Hold Your Breath, Nothing, Disappear, Be Here, Cold, Blackout, Part of You, Never There.

LIINES @ AATMA, Manchester. Image © Samantha Guess
LIINES @ AATMA, Manchester. Image © Samantha Guess
LIINES @ AATMA, Manchester. Image © Samantha Guess
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Jo Flynn

Jo Flynn is an arts enthusiast based in Central Manchester.