|Plaza, Photo by Joe Spence.|
As part of their mini UK tour, post-indie Band Plaza took to the stage at Manchester's Fallow-café on Tuesday 7th February. Fresh from supporting Ratboy at the Albert Hall the Hartlepool band recently released their first single of 2017 'Origami' and are set to release a new EP later this year. Being described as "small town dreamers with an edge" by Clash Magazine, and having seemly erupted onto the underground music scene out of nowhere, it is certain that Plaza are a band set to make their mark in 2017.
Warming up the Crowd were Manchester based band Ronald Raygun with their fresh electronic sound. Later, Leeds shoegaze, dream pop band Waterfall took to the stage to really set the mood for the main slot.
As the band set up their gear in the corner of the small attic room, floods of people filled from front to back. As the first song started playing only red and blue spotlights lit the room creating a tranquil glow. Their popular songs such as 'Blood Orange' and 'Youth' had the crowd singing, dancing and crowd surfing.
Contrasting to their powerful sound the band seemed very down to earth. Kitted out in a Adidas tracksuit and Comme des Garcons, the lead singer joked about putting 'Manny on the map' before asking the crowd to buy their merch so they could afford crisps and dip after the show.
The band played a mix of their most popular hits and unreleased music from their new EP before engaging the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to their guitarist at the end of their set.
Combing Plaza's previously released music with their live presence, it's clear to see why there is so much hype surround this fresh new grunge-pop act. They are certainly a band you have to see live to fully capture the essence and aesthetic of what they are all about. The band are set to play more shows later this month before heading on tour with indie-rock band HAUS in April. Plaza are also set to play a handful of small festivals in the summer such as Hit the North and Stockport Calling.