REVIEW: Cassava, The Joiners

SOUTHAMPTON indie stars Cassava played the first Joiners show of 2018 at the start of a huge 12 months for them and the famous venue.

Frontman Liam Cole, lead guitarist Torrin Rees, bassist Jared Plumb and drummer Scott Chambers began the St Mary’s Street music spot’s 50th anniversary year with their second sold out show there and then revealed that they’ll be releasing new tracks soon.

Liam told The Echo: “Our next single Twenty, recorded with The Sherlocks’ producer Gavin Monaghan, is mastered and ready, plus we’ve at least two more tracks that we’re really excited about. They’re a step up to where we were a year ago.”

On stage, one of the new tunes Alone, with its catchy hooks and big chorus, had everyone bouncing before favourites Long Way Home and In The End took things to another level. The band were even confident to end with another new, acoustic-led number called Lost In The Moment, which songwriter Liam says sums up exactly how he feels right now.

The lads, who’ve previously supported DMA’S and Milburn, say they’ll now be working on more demos and are looking forward to festival season after packing out in the Joiners tent at last year’s Common People.

Earlier, lively support bands Kicks and Minister, which features Liam and Torrin’s brothers Ollie Cole and Jed Rees plus Bar Dobbs and Henry Wilkins, drew big early crowds. Expect to hear more from them soon.

Richard Derbyshire