Salford’s Eagle Inn welcomed Crake for their first headline tour. The alternative-folk band took the stage on Saturday night for their fourth show of the winter mini-tour.

The Leeds quartet supported Big Thief in the summer of last year on their European tour and have now returned to Manchester for their first headline tour along with Grunge-pop band Goldbaby.

For Rob Slater and Sarah Statham, two members of Crake, this wasn’t their first time playing at the Salford venue.

“Sarah and I have played here before in different bands. I really love this place.”

Rob continued to speak about the venue after doing a soundcheck in the back room.

“I just had that feeling when you know you’ve hit a good one, it just feels right and nice. It felt cosy up there.”

As well as previously playing the venue, Sarah is also originally from Manchester and enjoys playing in the area as it feels like a slice of home.

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When entering the venue the band had made it there with decorations put up around the stage to add to their autumnal theme as a band.

Although the venue already has a cosy atmosphere, the added touches made the gig feel more personal.

The Eagle Inn is a real change for Crake after supporting Big Thief in venues like the O2 Ritz.

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Rob stated: “I think that our experience of what tour is is kind of unrealistic because the tour we did in summer was with Big Thief and they’re our favourite band. That was like the first tour we’ve ever done and we kept saying don’t get used to this because it’s never going to be this good again. These headline shows though have been cool because I feel we are figuring out what kind of a band we are.”


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The band opened their set at the Pub in Salford with the track Amy and Ty. This track was a smooth way of easing the audience into their setlist with a chilled vibe.

The opening track was followed by a new song, Enough Salt For All Dogs. This saw vocalist and guitarist, Rowan Sandle, use a distortion pedal.

Rowan expressed about her love performing the song: “I never usually have any pedals apart from my tuner but I have a little distortion solo in the new and I think at the moment that’s the one I look forward to playing because I get to rock out.”

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This song live showed a more vibrant side to the band as well as when playing older track Millipede, perhaps their most upbeat track.

In between songs, with the show being intimate there was a real relationship created between the artists and the audience. The audience interaction included the crowd naming their songs and also

The band played instruments including drums, guitar, bass, keyboard as well as a trumpet. This gave the band a unique edge as well as being artistic.

This music was a real contrast to the support act, GoldBaby. This grunge-pop band had a harder edge to them and showed a variation of music styles throughout the evening.

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  1. The Eagle is a First Class music venue .
    A place run by musicians .

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