Ahead of their lengthy Rock Refresher Tour kicking off in October, Brighton indie three piece Gender Roles played Reading and Leeds festival over the bank holiday, Reading on the Saturday before making the journey up north to Bramham Park the following day. A huge achievement for the band, who’d met by chance at a Brighton Pride party in 2015 and continue their upward journey in the UK indie scene. On an overcast Sunday morning in Yorkshire, Gender Roles took to The Pit stage in front of a crowd of dishevelled festival goers – in the background the meme of “ah sh*t here we go again” played out as they took their positions on the stage.
Despite some slight technical difficulties including lead singer Tom Bennett’s guitar only having five strings due to a snapped one at Reading, Gender Roles carried on regardless and delivered a cracking set including hits from their debut album Prang and their new Dead or Alive/So Useless double A side. With his leopard print buzz cut (yes you read that right) lead singer Tom took over The Pit with his electric stage presence and delivered his band’s punchy lyrics to the now lively Leeds contingent. With favourites such as Gills, Hey With Two Why’s and About Her making appearances in the setlist, the Brighton band kicked off the Leeds Sunday perfectly with their lo – fi sound and recognisably anthemic choruses, being ever popular with fans old and new.
After 18 months of being apart it was so refreshing to see both the band and the crowd thoroughly enjoying themselves – no worries just singing their hearts out, shredding guitars and the occasional mini mosh pit during tunes including You Look Like Death and If That’s What You Want It To Be. It also seemed that Gender Roles genuinely had fun being back on stage, in an interview with The Unchained Rock Show they said “we’re not used to playing festivals this size but there was one or two people who knew the songs and were dancing about and one or two people who didn’t and were still dancing about so it’s gone pretty good!”
Gender Roles kick off their tour in Plymouth on October 5th and stop off in the North East at Base Camp on October 21st, if you’ve got tickets for their tour then you’re in for a great night!