The Julie Ruin
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
5th December 2016
The Julie Ruin thrill a packed crowd tonight, with tracks from Hit Reset providing the perfect winter warmer on this horrible winter night!
Hit Reset is being hailed as one of the albums of the year and rightfully so as Hanna’s lyrics are painfully honest and cutting against a spritely backdrop of excited guitars. Tonight sees them arrive in Leeds in support of Hit Reset and it’s fair to say there’s a palpable excitement descending upon the Brudenell. However, Rattle take to the stage first, the double drumming duo set about creating an exceptional noise.
The pair sat facing each other as their individual rhythms intertwined, their set is surprisingly enthralling. The synchronicity of the pair is mesmerising, they hold the audiences attention perfectly these pounding tracks leaving everyone in a stunned silence. Rattle aren’t the immediate choice of support for The Julie Ruin, as their excitement doesn’t match the heavier tone of the tracks but they have the crowd warmed up as they exit the stage.
As Hanna and the band take to the stage she stops to condemn the current state of affairs, before launching into I Decide, this visceral opener sets the tone for the evening. With their set based almost entirely around Hit Reset, the whole band have an infectious energy tonight. Hanna’s vibrant dancing has an incredible influence on tonight’s packed crowd, as the whole crowd quickly become embroiled in the same passion and excitement that the band are filled with.
The likes of Be Nice and Time Is Up are early favourites as Hanna relentlessly bounds around the stage, her unbridled brilliance knows no bounds this evening. Between songs she’s filled with harsh stories about every song, Hit Reset is packed with emotion and the fervent delivery of these angst filled tracks really resonates with everyone, the chant along lyrics inspire huge singalongs. Even their cover of Courtney Barnett’s Pedestrian At Best is greeted with the same ecstatic reception.
The whole band seem to be overcome with excitement, there are smiles all round as the crowd reach fever pitch during a phenomenal rendition of Mr. So & So. Arguably the highlight of Hit Reset with its perfect depiction of the current dire state of affairs in so many places. With Hanna delivering it with the perfect angst that this track really deserves, it’s the perfect ending to the main set. As the band return for an ecstatic encore the night is closed out by a raucous version of Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl.
This track is screamed back by every member of the crowd, the perfect ending to an incredible evening. The Julie Ruin tonight prove why they’re one of the most important bands around, they put on an epic performance tinged with political angst as well as personal anguish that almost everyone can relate to. Tonight is truly out of this world – it’ll take a lot to top this!
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