Bradford’s post-bank holiday weather magically cleared up on the first day in September to allow a large crowd to spill into City Park for the premiere of a new music video from Leeds-based band Issimo.
Displayed on the big screen, the impressive video for their new song The Coldest Queen accompanied the premiere party at Forster’s Bistro, which saw fans old and new enjoying the atmosphere. The video tells the story of the queen, some slaves, and more, in the fantasy-themed promo.
The video was funded as part of a Kickstarter campaign by the band who also launched their EP at the event and performed a selection of songs.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Joanne Dodds, set proceedings in motion and stayed to watch the energetic and powerful set from the eight-piece band, followed by further sets from Waiting for Wednesday and Dave Hanson.
I did see Issimo at the recent Bradford Festival but it was great to finally catch them in a much more intimate venue. Sounding like a funkier female-led Scissor Sisters, their set was one of the best I’ve heard from a band I’d never come across before, headed up by a very smiley and visual singer. Performing to a packed out Forster’s their set began with the song from the new video before Carpe Diem kicked up the pace, and If Love Comes Cheap and Pretty Simple were equally great listens.
Like You Do, apparently an ode to having a crush on Paolo Nutini, saw the trumpets and saxophone replaced with a clarinet and toy accordion, the band showcasing an impressive range of instruments that brought the catchy pop-songs to life. Then came some new material, one song earmarked for a future video, whilst My Way had a very funky salsa feel. Final song Bitten wrapped up a fun and bouncy set, led by two energetic and loveable lead singers, that got the audience dancing, clapping along and enjoying the buzz generated by a band who loves what they do.
The EP is available to download now and the video is online.