Take The Seven are one of the most popular bands in the local Sheffield music scene. Hailing from nearby Chesterfield, the five piece consists of Dan Molloy (vocals), Si Redfern (guitar), James Hall (guitar), Joe Kitson (bass) and Gaz Oldale (drums) who create an exciting and memorable sound.
Take The Seven’s debut EP ‘Lots of Trouble, Usually Serious’ was released in 2012. The seven-track EP is highly recommended, showing the wonderful range of talent from the catchy and powerful “Welcome To My Town” to the beautiful acoustic song “The Artist”.
Following widespread touring, the group received further publicity after uploading a cover of Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain”, a video which to date has received almost a quarter of a million views. This increased exposure led to features in Kerrang Magazine as well as regular plays on Kerrang’s unsigned radio show. This chilly February evening in the Steel City saw one of the biggest nights for the band to date, headlining the O2 Academy.
‘Without Perception’ and ‘Permission! On Standby’ were the opening acts of the night, the latter of which concluded their set with hardcore cover of Enter Shikari’s “Sorry You’re Not A Winner.” The show was then taken up a level in quality with the third support band – ‘CITIES’. The alternative rock group, whose CV includes playing alongside ‘Funeral For A Friend’, had travelled all the way from Kent to perform and impressed with a lively performance. The four piece’s set included tracks from their eponymous four-track EP, which was released last month and is well-worth a listen.
Hailing from Rotherham, ‘Doused’ were the main support of the show. The heavy rock four-piece took the stage by storm with a powerful performance. Larger-than-life vocalist Lee Copeland did an excellent job of livening up what had been a rather tame crowd thus far, getting them involved with the song ‘Boom’ before concluding their set with ‘Stink Pickle’ following requests from fans in the audience. Before leaving the stage, Copeland announced that ‘Doused’ will be back to headline the venue themselves on April 5th and if this showing was anything to go by then it is not one to be missed!
‘Through The Crossfire” began the main event. Take The Seven’s energetic on-stage performance translated across to the excited crowd, many of whom had come from the band’s hometown of Chesterfield. Lead singer Dan Molloy then greeted the fans, addressing them as his ‘freaky darlings’ before dedicating a brand new song ‘Favours’ to his ex-girlfriend!
‘Shark Infested Waters’, ‘Circles’ and ‘Fond Farewell To The End Of The World’ were followed by a couple of tracks from the EP ‘Lots of Trouble…’. A beautiful rendition of ”Duchess’ was performed, before the alternative rockers closed the show with possibly their most famous original track ‘Welcome To My Town’. A song about being proud of your hometown, the band dedicated the song to those in the crowd who had come from Chesterfield to support the band.
The front man put on a great performance, with his excellent vocals matched by a dominating stage presence. The harmonies of backing vocalists James Hall and Joe Kitson really added another dimension to the songs, while the guitar solos from Si Redfern never failed to impress.
It was a great night at the O2 Academy. Despite quite a slow start to the show, things really picked up with both ‘CITIES’ and ‘Doused’ playing great sets before Take The Seven well and truly stole the show with an energetic and impressive performance that went down a storm with those in attendance. 2014 looks like it could be a huge year for TT7, I would highly recommend giving their EP a listen and if you get the opportunity to witness them play live then you won’t be disappointed!
Setlist (TT7): Through The Crossfire, Favours, Shark Infested Waters, Circles, Fond Farewell To The End Of The World, Duchess, Welcome To My Town
GALLERY (thanks to Annie Barnes for the photos)