REVIEW BY JMM PHOTOS BY PAUL McWilliams
Nestled in the heart of Leeds lies the Key Club, a venue that exudes intimacy from its underground setting. On a recent evening, the air crackled with anticipation as Black Water Country took the stage. Their entrance, choreographed to Shania Twain’s “I Feel Like a Woman,” elicited an uproar of applause, setting the tone for an electrifying night.
Kicking off with “Cruel State of Mind,” the band wasted no time in igniting the crowd. The audience responded eagerly, jumping and swaying in unison, swept away by the infectious energy radiating from the stage.
What stood out most was the band’s remarkable connection with the audience. Their seamless interaction made it feel like they knew each attendee personally, creating an inclusive atmosphere that enhanced the entire experience.
The setlist was a masterful blend of high-energy tracks and soul-stirring melodies. Songs like “Darkest Days” and “Only Life Worth Living” showcased the band’s versatility, transitioning effortlessly between foot-stomping beats and poignant ballads.
An unexpected highlight came with “Escape (Yesterday)/There Will Be A Day,” a seamless fusion that captivated the audience with its emotional depth and musical prowess.
Throughout the night, Black Water Country’s stage presence was magnetic. Tracks like “Runaway” and “Black and Blue” had the crowd in a frenzy, demonstrating the band’s ability to command the audience’s energy with every note.
As the night drew to a close, the band’s performance of “One More Beer” left everyone craving an encore, a testament to the unforgettable night they had delivered.
In summary, Black Water Country’s performance at Key Club was nothing short of exceptional. Their ability to engage the audience, coupled with a diverse and captivating setlist, ensured an evening that will linger in the memories of all fortunate enough to attend. The Key Club in Leeds witnessed not just a concert but a communal celebration of music, camaraderie, and pure, unadulterated energy.
Cruel State of Mind
Before Things Get Worse
Escape (Yesterday)/There Will Be A Day
Rise and Fall
Who Am I Now (HALF) Bostonia
Only Life Worth Living
Start Something New
Black and Blue
One More Beer