Gig preview: Cowards – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 15/04/17

Just a day after their self-released debut album Teeth hits the shelves, Cowards will play their first gig at Manchester’s Deaf Institute on 15 April.

As TMB readers will know – it isn’t a debut gig, strictly speaking, as they had a trial run in July last year at their home base of the Eagle Inn in Salford.

But this is a band of perfectionists who have been, well, perfecting their act since then. They have always declined to put on a formal show until the album was completed to their satisfaction.

Having had a sneak preview (not that sneaky I suppose, it is on Spotify after all) it ranges creatively across experimental instrumentation and voices, acoustic guitar passages, synth and guitar-led songs and a full brass ensemble although I’m not sure quite how that will be accommodated on stage. All part of the intrigue.

The audience can also expect a cover or two to be thrown in. The test gig included a rendition of the 1990s dance track ‘I Need a Miracle’, which went down very well. The rumour mill is awash with suggestions as to what might appear on the set list this time. And possibly a video or two as well.

Support comes from Indus Traps (Lou Barnell /Dirty Freud), also with a debut gig.