Swimming & The Hellset Orchestra @ The Rescue Rooms

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Swimming show they can float in any pool they’re thrown in. The sound is tight yet all over the place. It’s calm yet frantic. And just when the sound gets sombre and deep it quickly morphs into an energetic high. With probing drumbeats, trembling basslines and an impressive vocal range this band disarmingly draw you in.



If you thought this was already a display of talent, bear in mind that the usual drummer, who couldn’t be there tonight, is the legendary Petebox. The guy supplying us with all the out-of-nowhere noises is none other than Andy from We Show up on Radar (and you might have even seen his sound engineering skills at various Nottingham venues). 

Songs like Panthalassa, with its gorgeous sounding riff, firmly put them on Nottingham’s finest musical map and this is definitely not the last you’ll see of them.  

It’s Hellset Orchestra’s Album launch night and everyone gets a free album. Yes ‘The Carrousel Awaits’ is free! Not because it’s not worth paying for, but because they want to share it with us. Front man Michael is a caricature of confidence and his deep and powerful voice compliments the female high pitched vocals.  

They not only look part but tell us a theatrical story through their songs and while every single one of them is in their own musical world, they form together magnificently.  Their funk style mesmerises the crowd and together they’re the epitome of stage presence. The two sexy women in the band show they’re not just a pretty face with their violin skills and all in all they impress with every song.  

Seeing The Hellset Orchestra live should definitely be put at the top of your list. 

By Kristi Genovese