Mazes - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Life as a support act can be a thankless task, particularly when it is a dreary Monday night and your album hasn’t been released yet. So it was to prove for Mazes who failed to elicit more than some polite applause from the decent sized crowd and despite performing a short, sharp set full of energy and cracking tunes. An opening salvo of garage rocktastic album opener ‘Go Betweens’ and the surf style of lead off single ‘Most Days’ prove their knack for a catchy and relentlessly bouncy tune to full effect. A slightly more downbeat, but still enthralling feel pervades ‘Cenetaph’ and 'Bowie Knives' before the pace picks up again with the utterly brilliant Stooges-like 'Wait Anyway’ which, with its heavy riffing and deep throated vocals, 'tis the highlight of the night. Despite the lacklustre reaction the boys in the band appear to be having a thoroughly good time and that finally seems to have fed through to the crowd as set closer 'Summer Hits' elicits a reaction almost worthy of the performance they have been treated to. With debut album A Thousand Heys gaining widespread plaudits it can surely only be a matter of time until Mazes are playing sold out gigs to adoring audiences hanging on every riff.