Review: The Reytons – The Wardrobe Leeds

The Outcharms were the first band to take to the stage and they soon set the tone for the evening and the crowd were jumping along with the music. Outcharms are touring with Reytons and the next band Feva. Feva are a band from Newcastle, they had a passionate performance and the lead singer climbed up onto a shelf and hung on tightly as he sang to the crowd. He jumped down and joined the crowd on several occasions. He took his shirt off and a member of the crowd did the same and threw it on stage, later the shirt was returned to the rightful owner. 

Even before the Reytons came on stage the crowd were moshing to the intro music being played. When The Reytons did enter the stage they looked like they were at home, taking full ownership of the stage at The Wardrobe in Leeds. Johnny Yerrell – lead singer joined the stage last, resulting in the crowd erupting at his presence.

Leeds well and truly came alive when The Reytons started performing, dancing and moshing quickly occurred. The dance floor was immediately covered in beer as it was thrown around everywhere. Miraculously the camera and I remained intact as people thrashed around like wild animals around me. On several occasions I was knocked around and swept away with the audience. This was an added challenge to taking photos but I embraced the challenge and enjoyed the ride. At one point two people decided to link together to stop people bashing me during the performance, however, this didn’t last long as the crowd were very boisterous. 

The hard working band oozes real Yorkshire grit with their edgy and rugged indie rock sound. They have perfected their craft and have become great social commentators of their time. The Reytons do sound a little like the Artic Monkeys added with their South Yorkshire accents. This is a huge compliment to The Reytons as they are immensely talented and incredibly entertaining. The Reytons have their own identity; they know exactly what they want to say and how to say it. They’re a band that does not conform as they are fully in control of their careers in the music industry. The Reytons cleverly talk about everyday situations with wit and intelligence. They are a great band with a lot to talk about, especially with the track ‘Kids Off The Estate’. This track in particular is easy to relate to with young people hanging around in parks on the estate getting a bad name. Clifton Park in Rotherham could easily be any park around the UK, anyone with a misspent youth will know.  This rousing punchy song typifies what the Reytons are about and how they got their name.    

The Reytons have brilliant one liners which accurately delivers the message of the song and sets the atmosphere. ‘Clare’s Law’ does exactly that with the lyrics “He’s a lover She’s a fighter Ten bob on it’s another all nighter. The Reytons covered their popular songs ‘Low Life’ ‘Wide Eyes and Halos’ ‘Billy Big Bollocks’ and ‘Slice of Lime.’

Words and photographs by Richard Clarke


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