Live Review

Live Review: Zelis @ Centre Stage, Bexhill

The early days of being a band might be some of the most difficult, but they’re also some of the best. Zelis, with a handful of live shows under their belt, have put together an evening that epitomises the DIY ethos that underpins local music scenes across the country. Tonight aims to raise money for the band to record their EP and it’s a memo that was not missed by many, as with all tickets sold out the venue begins to fill and the beers begin to flow.

Dank Frank

A surprise addition to the advertised bill sees local acoustic artist Dank Frank take to the stage. A rough diamond that delivers a polished performance enriched with folky vibes and a tongue-in-cheek attitude. Zelis drummer, Chris Power, has a song request for Frank who duly obliges and finishes his set to a warm reception from those in early doors.

Archie Norris

Continuing the local theme of tonight sees the talented Archie Norris next up. Norris is developing quite the online following for their impressive covers and quickly warms to singing on a stage rather than to a device. Performing a set consisting largely of unreleased covers, it is easy to see the potential here as track after track is sung beautifully.


The boys from Zelis have been mingling in the crowd throughout the night and their excitement to play has been clear, as has their respect for everyone who has made tonight possible. The boys take the stage to a room roaring with encouragement and show in no time why eyes are on them in the local scene. Their sound is a soulful, groovy funk-rock with an insatiable riff thrown in for good measure from time to time. Hips are swaying, heads are nodding and everyone is smiling. Matt Gosden delivers vocally and in terms of engaging the crowd, clearly comfortable in the shoes a frontman needs to fill. The spotlight is briefly shared with a member of the crowd who puts on their dancing shoes for a few minutes, to a chorus of “Go on Tone!” from around the room, but attention soon turns back to the impressive Zelis and why we are here tonight. Taking those first steps on the ladder isn’t easy for a band but it’s made easier with the support of a community who have gathered here tonight because they believe Zelis have a real chance.

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