LIVE REVIEW: Epsom Does Music Presents… Gabe Sutton & The Ottermen + The Doctorates

As a clueless first year Music Journalism Student coming to Epsom in search of music here, I felt it was great to be guided by my older peers tonight. Second and third year music journalism students achieved the enlightenment of UCA’s newbies with a warm welcome with the event and some fantastic audio.

On October 17th, UCA Epsom Does Music put on what is hopefully to be the first of many successful shows. A small suburban town was introduced to the dynamics of a soulful Gabe Sutton (front man of The Ottermen) and promising indie band The Doctorates.

The Ottermen’s begin the night with the front-man, Gabe Sutton boldly bracing the stage alone. A calm and appreciative audience however are blown away by a single man’s power to hush a crowd into admiration. With its band members spread world-wide,  it’s only imaginable how mesmerising the full group could be.

Gabe Sutton

Sutton takes us on a journey of blues, country and folk with his soulful voice. Although he looks like a forgotten member of dreary folk band Mumford & Sons,  this gifted and eccentrically dressed individual is bringing something unique and innovative. Move over Mumfords, this is how English folk is done properly.

Canterbury indie-rockers,  The Doctorates were next to grace the stage.  School friends; Nick Tompkins (vocals/guitar), Addison Williams (bass) and Josh Marden (drums) make up the quirky, colourful and creative threesome. Together since 2011 and currently unsigned, it’s only a matter of time before the boys could be snapped up, after an impressive sampling of their ingenious sound tonight.

The Doctorates

Tompkins adopts the form of an ever-so-adorable indie lead with his mature, seductive and cool vocals. Alongside striking singing,  some impressive strumming and kit bashing shows the lads are making music as chart worthy as Two Door Cinema Club. The bands modern and upbeat style brings the classic into 2013 with a spark of brilliance. An array of The Doctorates original work are played amongst several other covers, which demonstrate their stroke of artistic quality. Although perhaps too predictable of an indie band to cover the Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ it was quite surprising to hear The Doctorates own spin on Beyonce’s ‘If I Were A Boy’.

Words by Emily Schofield blogger for :

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