This Five Days North article was written by Kieron Keen, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Gavin Wells
Manchester based Indie Rock n Rollers, Five Days North have been making their voices heard all over the Manchester music scene with headlining slots in various different parts of the always vibrant Northern Quarter as well as supporting slots at Manchester Academy 2 and 3.
The 5 piece band consisting of Darryl Messer (singer), Sam Taromsari (guitar), David Urwin (Banjo/guitar), Lewis Howells (Bass) and Zoravar Bakshi (drums) showed no signs of pre-gig nerves when we caught up with them before their first headline gig of the year at the Ruby Lounge:
“A lot of people on our Facebook page have said they will be attending so we’re hoping for a good turn out but even if only half the people show up, it will still be the biggest crowd we have played in front of on our own. In terms of actually performing, after we have finished our sound check, we get rid of the nerves and we’re just looking forward to playing.”
The crowd were in full voice from the get go as the charismatic lead singer Darryl, lead them in sing song as the band began their energetic set and they showed no signs of fatigue despite this being their fourth gig in a hectic week which also, included a busking session around the University of Manchester campus:
“We actually finished a gig this morning, we had a slot on the Pangea festival bill that started at 1 AM, so we didn’t get home until around 8 as well as playing a medic society social earlier in the week and then the busking session was just for fun, to get our name out there and penetrate a new demographic with the amount of fresher’s that are around at this time of year.”
It was interesting to note that as the band tore through their set, the most reserved member of the band and newest addition to the line up, Lewis Howells (bass) looks to have struck up a solid working chemistry with drummer, Zoravar Bakshi, matching his thunderous drums with driving bass lines, most evident on yet to be released song, ‘Give Into Me’:
“Yeah our last Bassist had to leave due to not being able to commit fully to the band and we kind of panicked as we had made such progression with our sound. We were getting to a place we wanted to be as a band. To get Lewis on board, I spoke with a friend who runs MUMS (Manchester University Music Society) and they recommended him to us, we got in touch and he was very enthusiastic, then when he came on board it felt like we had been playing together for ages.”
Wearing their influences on their sleeve the band covered several Indie and Folk bands with renditions of The Zutons ‘Valerie’, The Killers ‘Human’ and after some technical issues with their Banjo, a full Electric remix of Mumford & Sons ‘Little Lion Man’:
“We have quite a diverse taste in music, ranging from American Pop Rock such as The Killers to the more middle class, Mumford & Sons, Coldplay and even Avicii. The diversity can sometimes result in each of us having to dial down some ideas but variety is the spice of life so we feel it’s a positive to not just have a certain set of bands or genre influencing the music we want to create.”
Nine original songs were played during their set beginning with ‘Forget About Tomorrow’ and ending with their first single ‘Won’t Stop For Nothing’ both songs very much hit slap bang in the middle of the Indie Rock genre with Arctic Monkey tendencies in their Guitar and Drums, but did play songs such as ‘Up So High’ which has a real feel good lyric coupled with a dance around vibe, so it looks like this band could have more in their arsenal:
“We’re looking to play 9 original songs tonight, depending on how the crowd react to them will depend on which we decide to release next as we’re heading into the studio over the next weekend to work on 3 tracks and then try to put them out as singles. We have enough songs to create an album but we probably won’t be able to release anything of that size until after Christmas.”
The gig was very fun and the band members interaction with each other as well as their audience really put across the idea that they are having the time of their life playing music, and isn’t that what it’s all about?