VIDEO: The Otherness surprise Tramlines gig

ARGENTINA’S indie rock superstars The Otherness made an unannounced surprise appearance at Tramlines - thanks to Reverend and the Makers and Barnsley band Spittin’ Feathers, writes Graham Walker.

The South American band are on a UK tour which is being filmed for a TV rockumentary, interviewing music fans, promoters, journalists and stars like Noel Gallagher, Clash star Mick Jones and Sheffield’s own The Reverend, Jon McClure.

The Otherness, Argentina's top indie rock band, playing at DaDa Bar in Sheffield - a special surprise performance at Tramlines 2013.

The Otherness, Argentina's top indie rock band, playing at DaDa Bar in Sheffield - a special surprise performance at Tramlines 2013.

Jon, whose band opened Tramlines last year, suggested The Otherness should play when they turned up to visit him during the festival. But they only had their guitars and no amps, so Jon called DaDa Bar headliners and pals Spittin’ Feathers to help out.

The young local indie rockers, currently getting lots of local air play and about to record their debut EP at Eliot Kennedy’s world famous The Foundry at The Steelworks, were delighted to help put Argentina’s fastest rising stars on the Tramlines bill. So they shared their equipment and supported The Otherness at the intimate but packed pub on Trippet Lane.

The Otherness, influenced by 60s to 90s British rock, are more used to selling out huge venues all over South America and Europe.

“They were amazing. Now we’re hoping we might get to support them again some day, next time in a packed arena stadium. That’s our dream,” said Spitting Feathers’ youngest member, guitarist Harry Walker, just 15, of Elsecar, Barnsley.

The band, from the La Patagonia region of Buenos Airies and together since 2009, said it was thier best crowd ever in the UK. Their performance was filmed and is likely to give Tramlines another global boost.

Lead singer and guitarist Martin Cativa, bassist and singing brother Gonzalo Cativa, drummer Pablo Gaggioni and guitarist Agustin Gazzola partied afterwards with new mates Spittin’ Feathers and told The Star: “We’ve travelled 10,000km to be here and Tramlines was amazing.

“We had a fantastic time on stage. Sheffield was the best crowd ever in the UK.

“Jon, from Reverend And The Makers, suggested we should do it. DaDa was packed. It was 100 per cent rock and roll. Massive hugs, mates.”

In 2011 they played 23 gigs in London and are touring the UK until September 2013, with performances in London, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.

They were selected as Artist of the Month (Sept) for R&R World Arena Cast Podcast in London and also one of the best new bands for NME’s radar section.

Singles Like You, We All Are Likeable, Fix & Fuss and What We Share have all been played on Argentinian mainstream radio and some UK and USA indie stations.

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