I first saw Scarlet Fever as a support act at Night and Day.
Their short set that night, made enough of an impression to drag me out to Stockport on a cold, snowy, Friday night to catch their headline set at Seven Miles Out Arts Centre.
Formed just two years ago by school friends Louis Clark, Ellis Ferrington and Oli Mitchell and soon to be joined by Lee Campbell the band have been gigging around the Stockport area with occasional forays into Manchester. The band already have music available on Spotify, a live EP recorded at The Spinning Top and more recently a single “You Really Don’t Know”.
Tonight Scarlet Fever are topping a bill of four local bands in a packed out venue and its well after 10pm by the time they arrive on stage to a restless crowd that’s been waiting since early evening to see them.
Louis Clark is a perfect front man, a classic rock and roll look, with the balls and charisma to go with it. He immediately berates the crowd for hanging back before launching into Smokey a track from their live EP, a great rocker which livens up the crowd considerably.
The band list Bowie, Pink Floyd and The Smiths as influences but Clark admits that Alex Turner was the reason he formed the band and the next two songs, On The Dole and Kathleen both have an Arctic Monkeys feel about them but with an individual style which suits Clark’s in you face style. Next up is a Beatles cover which can often be a bit dangerous ,but Scarlet Fevers version of I Want You(She’s So Heavy) fits perfectly into the set, driven along by Mitchell and Campbell’s rhythm section and with the twin guitars of Clark and Ferrington. The set concludes with their latest single and the band seem a little surprised to be called back for an encore before settling on a very loose version of Moonage Daydream.
Scarlet Fever are not a traditional indie guitar band, there is definitely a bit of a glam rock side to them (hence the Bowie references), and the way Clark prowls around the audience hints at danger which is not a bad thing to have in a rock band. Given that they’ve only been around for a short while and are still feeling their way, I think the next 12 months could be very interesting for Scarlet Fever.
Scarlet Fever have a single and EP on Spotify and you can catch them live at The Deaf Institute on February 10th.