Unapologetic in Praising Sorry

First off, I wondered whether the gig was going to go ahead; then I wondered whether the venue was going to be flooded; and then I was anxious about whether the trains would be running to get me there (and back).  The reason for my panic: Storm Ciara.

I had tickets to see Sorry play the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge on 12 February, and only a few days beforehand Hebden Bridge had been underwater; battered by Storm Ciara; submerged beneath the overflowing waters of the River Calder.

However, a post on the Trades Club’s Twitter site reassured me: The Trades is very much OPEN and trains and buses are running a normal service.  Moreover, they included a link to where people can donate to help those affected by the flooding in Calderdale.

The Trades Club was formed as a socialist members’ co-operative in 1924, and it is now known as one of the most innovative venues for live music in the UK.

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The chance to see Sorry in such an iconic venue was too good to be true.  Sorry – comprising founders Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen; drummer Lincoln Barrett and bassist Campbell Baum; and new synth player Marco Pini – are a hard band to classify.  Perhaps deliberately they defy labels.  Genre-defying, is a term, which has been used to describe them.  All I know is that they play great music, and their live performances are worth risking any flood to get to see.

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It was an intimate crowd in the Trades Club that Wednesday night.  Intimate but enthusiastic.  Sorry played a good mixture of established songs, plus tracks from their soon to be released debut album 925.  Asha’s voice resonated strident, pure and clear throughout the venue, and the use of a loop pedal on the microphones created an eerie, echoing effect, on a dark, cold, Northern night.

For me, highlights of the evening were 2 Down 2 Dance; Starstruck; More; and Snakes.  Check them out when 925 is released on 27 March.

© Dalton Wells


Dalton Wells isn’t sorry he found the Trades Club.



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