Pottered down to The Exchange last week to bid farewell to one of Keighley’s longest running and most successful rock bands, Brand New Analogues. After 12 years of relentless riffs, rhythm and ale, the guys decided to call it a day with one last show.
BNA have been a mainstay of the local music scene for as long as I can remember. They’ve built a solid reputation on top of their own brand of catchy riff-laden gritty rock n roll and being genuinely nice guys. I’ve never met anyone who’s had a bad word to say about them, and for a long time it was widely considered that, if anyone from Keighley was going to make it, it was going to be these guys. Although the dream of filling Arenas never really materialised, their achievements should be greatly admired – relentless touring, festival appearances, and even getting a track featured on the popular “Rock Band” video game – and will always be considered one of Keighley’s finest exports.
The evening kicked off with a gentle introduction from virtuoso guitarist (and heartbroken post-Nahki Wells Bradford City fan) Luke Hirst, who kicked his set off with an early Noughties pop-punk acoustic medley that raised a few eyebrows, before drawing the evening to a close with an epic instrumental number.
Next up were local post-hardcore punk heroes Sounds of Swami, who duly blasted out any cobwebs with a typically ferocious set, before paying tribute to BNA with a well delivered cover of “Screamer”.
With the venue now packed for the main event, honorary Keighleyite Nige Mason took the microphone to introduce BNA for one last time, to rapturous applause. The guys proceeded to then power through a “best of” setlist that had everybody dancing, finishing with a rip-roaring rendition of early favourite “Hello Stranger”. I doubt the night could have gone any better, and seemed like the perfect end to 12 years of unbelievably high quality rock music.
The guys have also put their entire back catalogue out to download for free!
Gaz, Phil and JT – cheers, lads.