Monday night saw London newcomers Various Cruelties complete their first headline tour at SoYo, Sheffield's newly established venue. It wasn't just the end of the tour that caused celebrations for the four-piece; it was also the release of the infectious single, 'Chemicals'. This is the first release from the band since signing to Hideout Records, which has led to increased exposure recently. SoYo has become renowned for bringing the best up-and-coming bands to the city and following on from Freshers week, the students were out in force once again, this time to see some live music.

Various Cruelties' thirty minute set consisted of previous releases, 'Neon Truth' and 'She Is The One', but it was on Radio 1 favourite 'Chemicals' where the band really shone. For a group who only formed last year they have progressed at lightning pace, but their inexperience showed at times when nerves often took over, holding back the energy they were capable of releasing. The quartet struggled to make a big impression on those in the venue taking advantage of the drink offers, but those paying attention left happy. Musically, they offer charming indie-pop with influences from folk to reggae while succeeding to create perfection, matched with soft vocals and poetically pieced lyrics. There is potential for a big future, they just need a little more time to grow in confidence and experience.

'Chemicals' is out now on Hideout Records and an album is due out later in the year.