Preview: Left Bank Leeds hosts Her Name is Calla

Originally published on Tues 15th March 2011 at

Looming over the chimneypots, deep in the student metropolis of Hyde Park, there’s a huge, towering building that strikes an imposing sight over the takeaways and coffee shops. This is the former St Margaret of Antioch church, a once-decaying Victorian relic that has been beautifully transformed into Left Bank Leeds – a vibrant arts centre, music venue and performance space.

In 2008, a team of dedicated local volunteers began work to save this huge Grade II*-listed building from ruin. The result is a space like no other in Leeds – a cavernous room, with valuting Gothic arches and church pews. It’s out of sync with the trendy bars that surround it, which gives it buckets of character.

The building’s shape and size produces an impressive natural reverb and atmosphere that makes it ideal for a band like Her Name is Calla, appearing at Left Bank on Sunday 27th March. You could call them ‘post-rock’, but they’re so much more than that – expect brooding guitar chords, sweeping strings and pounding, cymbal-smashing drums.

The band’s debut album, The Heritage, was released in 2008 to critical acclaim – with Drowned in Sound calling them ‘one of the most daring, unconventional bands the UK has to offer’. Their use of a wide variety of instruments – ranging from banjo to trombone to theremin and lots in between – offers a broad sonic palette that is perfectly suited to the equally unconventional surroundings of Left Bank Leeds.

You can catch them on Sunday 27 March. Tickets are £8 on the door/£7 advance. Read a review of the gig on next month!

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