Saturday 18th September 2021 – Pentire’s First Headline
And what a gig it was, one that I would never have wanted to miss, and I’m glad I didn’t.
With tickets for the Bristol quartets first headline gig, priced at £15 for a group of 4 tickets, this was one not to be missed by their fans. The build up to the show left many on edge, with tickets being released 2 months in advance and the gig selling out well in advance of the show, with support from JJ. Worley as well as The 139.
JJ. Worley opened the gig, and many were pleasantly surprised. With all songs produced from his bedroom and taking inspiration from many musical artists, you could see why this set was very much enjoyed by the early faithful in the bakery. With the single ‘Ignition’ being recognised by the BBC. Introducing, as well as ‘hotline’ being picked up on Spotify playlists, this was a real treat for many fans. He went on to say, “I remember being really nervous coming on stage and thought I was going to pass out. But as soon as you get a good crowd who responded as they did, the nerves melted away and it was mad!” Jake now has a band behind him as well and is flourishing, playing three gigs in different cities since the Bakery gig.
The 139 took next to the stage. The 4-piece band, also from Bristol aiming to get the crowd ready for the main event. “The elemental Bakery gig was the best post-covid debut we could have possibly had. After months of hard work, liaising with sound and lights, JJ. Worley and Pentire, we were in awe of the audience that showed up to support everyone involved. It was our first gig with our new ‘The 139’ alias and it really inspired us to secure further gigs in late 2021 and going into 2022”
And then, it was time for Pentire to take to the stage, introducing themselves with the unreleased track ‘Kick me when I’m weak’ which set the tempo for the evening. ‘Best Friend’s house’ had the room bouncing from the opening riffs from Owen on the lead guitar, and Jack even had the room split in two and mosh together when the chorus, ‘Take me to your best friends house’ was sang, something in which you don’t see that often at gigs, let alone where 80 people are willing to bounce around and enjoy the evening.
Then came the new tracks, or soon to be new tracks released following the gig. ‘How would someone else do it?’ having many references to drunk antics, including ‘ask the mirror is it time to go home?’, something I’m sure many of us can relate to and ‘Plastic flowers’ which reached 2,000 streams in the first 24 hours of release on the 26th November 2021, now a crowd favourite at more recent gigs at Muthers Studio in Birmingham as well as the Louisiana in Bristol.
A tweet surfaced a few days before the gig, asking about whether the people of Bristol wanted to see a cover, and we were treated to ‘Parklife’ by Blur, led by Owen as Bristol’s own answer to Phil Daniels, which even resulted in a mosh pit when ‘All the people, so many people’ was belted out the Bakery.
This then left us with 3 songs to go. Kicked off by ‘Water’, featuring an acapella opening to the song, before Josh’s drums kicked in and we were treated to yet another fans favourite, a song in which has heavy bass influence through Jacob and really acts a spine to the song which is loved by many. ‘Belly dancer’ a song recognised by Jack at the Louisiana gig for “being the song that people love to have a dance to”, known for its bounciness and feel good energy, went down a storm amongst the Pentire faithful as we headed into the finale.
When speaking to the band at their gig in Birmingham at Muthers Studio, the band unanimously agreed that they finished their set on ‘Take it Away’ as not only is it their favourite to play live, but they want their fans to go away remembering a good night of music, leaving etched within their memory for a long time, and it really was the perfect choice. With the band announcing this was their last song, they were greeted by a chorus of boos before delving into the song, only for the chorus of ‘So why don’t you call me when you want to, take it away I thought I knew you’ to be belted out one more time to round off a perfect debut headline show.
When speaking to Jack about this gig he went on to say, “The gig felt unreal. To sell out a hometown show is always a good feeling, but this felt special.”
So, what can we expect to see from Pentire in 2022? Just the one gig confirmed so far, playing Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff on 20th January for a ‘This Feeling’s big in 2022’ along with my other artists, but we should hopefully see several more shows announced in due course. When asking the group what can we expect to see next year, I was told, “We would be over the moon to keep growing next year. It means the world that people are interested and listen to our music, so serving them those songs feels like a duty at the moment.”
Latest single released: Plastic Flowers, listen to it here:
Thanks to Pentire: @pentirebandofficial on Instagram, @pentireband on Twitter
The139: @the139band on Instagram
JJ. Worley: @jj.worley on Instagram