Sunderland musicians to play home town gig

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INDIE rockers Cohesion are looking to cause a stir at Independent next week.

The five-piece, who formed in Sunderland in 2010, are becoming well-known for their high-energy live performances.

After supporting high profile acts such as Frankie & the Heartstrings and playing Evolution Emerging, Bernicia Festival and Split Festival alongside artists such as The Cribs, Dizzee Rascal and Maximo Park, the band have continued to go from strength to strength.

Their sound has been compared to the likes of Minus the Bear, Maps & Atlases, Death Cab For Cutie and Two Door Cinema Club.

The band is made up of: Matthew Watchman, lead singer and guitarist; Lewis Cooke, guitarist; Jonathon Hall, guitarist; David Wright, bassist, and Alex Baker, performing as drummer.

Matthew said: “Sunderland is our home and the music scene here has a great community feel to it. This’ll be our first tour, so coming home to play a launch night in Independent to accompany the release of our single was a no-brainer for us.”

He added: “We put everything into our live shows and we love playing live. Our releases have always had a good reception in Sunderland, which then inspires us to try and make the next one bigger and better.

“That was basically how the idea of the tour came about. In terms of what can be expected on the night, it’ll be sweaty, it’ll be loud and hopefully we can end the tour with a bang.”

Ben Wall from Independent said: “We are huge fans of Cohesion, mainly because we admire their passion for the music that they play, putting 110 per cent and countless hours into perfecting their song writing and live performances.”

•Cohesion play Independent, Holmeside, on January 23. Doors at 7.30pm. Tickets are £2 from