SXSW Review: Working Men’s Club, March 19, Elysium


One of the things I missed the most during the pandemic was dancing. Just listening to music so moving that your body naturally starts moving however it may to the rhythm and the beat. Not only is it great for weight loss, it’s also great to just have those moments.

For those who are missing the feeling – all you have to do is attend a Working Men’s Club show to get it back. The West Yorkshire band played a great set that had everyone moving their feet and hips as if it was 2019 all over again.

Mixing in heavy elements from early New Order, later Depeche Mode, rave and even wall of sound guitars, the band played a pulsating set of music featuring influences from many bands that I like. Against the backdrop of those beats was Sydney Minsky-Sargeant’s dry delivery and snakey dance moves, all formulating together a feeling that you are watching something cool. There was a moment during the show where all the different beats were merging together, but then Sydney brought out the guitar and the next thing I knew, I was wondering how much MBV they listened to. It’s great to know that the foundation the band has already set is so strong that in future tracks they can continue to explore different areas of music to merge into their sound.

The band released a debut record during the pandemic, and from what I have seen and heard, it’s an incredibly promising start. I’m excited to see where they are headed next.

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