Blood Youth + Trash Boat @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 25th July 2015

Blood Youth + Trash Boat @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 25th July 2015Blood Youth + Trash Boat @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 25th July 2015

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Tonight it’s to The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton for the final date of Blood Youth’s Inside My Head tour in promotion of their debut EP of the same name.

First up are pop-punk quintet Trash Boat from St Albans. Recently signing to Hopeless Records in the wake of a golden era for UK pop-punk, led in part by Neck Deep, the band have recently released their second EP ‘Brainwork’. Playing all tracks from both EP’s the band delivered a solid performance and showed no signs of tour fatigue to a familiar crowd who they claimed they recognised from their Slam Dunk performance earlier in the year. In terms of the audience, there wasn’t much of it. But that didn’t stop fans from singing and finger pointing to their hearts content. Songs such as Eleven and Perspective got big responses, with the band performing very tightly. With the backing of Hopeless giants behind them, I think it’s fair to expect big things from Trash Boat in the future.

Touring in support of debut EP Inside My Head, Blood Youth are a band formed from the ashes of melodic hardcore band Climates. Whilst still retaining a melodic hardcore flavour, Blood Youth incorporate both pop punk melodies and large hooks that will and do appeal to a wide variety of fans. I had attended tonight with the expectation of inflatable dinosaurs and palm trees as had been evident earlier on in the tour; however these failed to materialise tonight through what one can only assume as that they have moved onto a better place. Performing all songs from the EP, Blood Youth deliver each song with conviction and passion, no more so than lead single Failure which closed tonight’s proceedings. The distinction between vocalist Kaya’s clean and harsh vocals is something to behold, with the power to both soar and tear with the upmost believability.

I can’t help but note that with more material and a more engaging live show, Trash Boat should have headlined this tour, however I believe that perhaps former glories for Blood Youth gave them the platform to do so. That’s not to say that the project isn’t good enough on its own and it’s clear that both bands are rays of light in terms of the future of British rock.


Review: Dan Earl

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