WITH the revelation about Doncaster still being owned by Scotland, how appropriate to have Scottish indie rock band Oswald grace the stage at The Leopard.
Like the marauding Scots over 900 years ago as they went into battle, the Cumbernauld three piece were certainly on the same mission and that was just one thing - the full surrender of the crowd.
Oswald’s battle strategy was clear from the start - even the clever use of Peters and Lee’s 70’s classic Welcome Home worked to great effect. They had the horde of locals eating out of the palms of their hands from the start and you just sensed that the band were out to claim back what was actually theirs - and they certainly showed no mercy in doing so.
From their blistering opener Carnage to the punch-packing masterpiece Parliament, the band unleashed the musical equivalent of a full-on beach assault, incorporating heavy artillery, landing craft and an assortment of nuclear field weapons and charged into the thick of battle armed with powerhouse anthems.
The general consensus of the crowd was simple, that resistance was useless and admitted defeat from the beginning as Oswald bombarded them with good honest, no holds barred anthems with a set that included the bitter Sleep and nod-inducing, summer-perfect anthem Long Road to Run Down.
They knew the crowd was theirs - and Tom Mcreery the lead singer even went into a rant about the benefits of belonging to his motherland.
The audience was captivated and if this had been a party political broadcast, Alex Salmond would have had a few more converted believers for Scottish independence.
ON one night in February at The Leopard in Doncaster town centre, a certain band came to rock.
That band was The Arcane.
The band comprised of John Caile on vocals, Billy Kane on keyboards, Connor Adams on guitar, James Thresh on bass guitar and Nathan Brown on drums.
The group blessed the stage with their captivating manner as they set into their first song of the night.
The riff to Fixated reverberated out from the speakers and the relatively young crowd cheered.
The atmosphere in the room was astounding and the small room vibrated with an impressive wall of sound. The place really began to warm up as they announced they were going to play a new song.
John’s harmonic voice accompanied with the steady rhythm of the bass guitar foreshadowed the success of the song, Déjà Vu.
A few more songs played as Nathan bewildered the crowd with utterly amazing drumming skills.
There was a joint feeling within the crowd that showed through nodding heads and wide smiles.
When they thought that it couldn’t get any better, the band set into their classic song, Two Feet.
The room roared with enthusiasm and Connor stepped up to the mark with an impressive guitar solo.
They finished with a fairly new song Ahlexx, a final reminder of the brilliance that is The Arcane.
These young, talented men will impress the hardest critics and anyone who has experienced them will strongly advise you to go and see these boys.