Although sound quality perhaps wasn’t there to support them, they were both great openers with a nice burst of energy and it was fantastic to see local supports getting some love from the crowd – I have no doubt we’ll be seeing both headline their own tours very soon, good luck lads!
Next up, Out of Love. Having had a buzz of activity around them recently, I was quite excited to say the least, and more than ready to see what the band had in store for us. I was certainly not disappointed. From the moment they took to the stage they had everyone in the palms of their hands, with beautifully melodic riffs and raw vocals you couldn’t help yourself but feel yourself get lost in the music.
Although nothing ground-breaking in terms of style or genre, they gave a refreshing performance, tight to a T, played some bangers, and really turned up the atmosphere and got everyone excited for Can’t Swim. As they finished their set I could only think ‘these are destined for bigger stages’ – I have no doubt we’ll be seeing a lot more from Out of Love.
You could feel the excitement rise in anticipation and from the moment they hit the stage it was clear who people were here to see. Opening with ‘Come Home’, something just felt right, and the crowd were immediately there. Going straight into another solid pick, ‘sometimes you meet the right people at the wrong time’ and ‘What’s Your Big Idea’, the night was full of hits.
With vocals perfectly on point, you could have been listening to Spotify (other streaming services are available) – really highlighted the talent from frontman Chris LoPorto and how naturally it flowed. That’s not to say anything less from the rest of the group, it was clear that their time on the scene had seen them rehearsed well and they played a perfect set.
Dishing up songs from their 2021 release ‘Change of Plans’, they gave such a punch of energy with hits including ‘Deliver Us More Evil’ and ‘Set the Room Ablaze’, whether you were a long-term fan or had just discovered their new stuff, Can’t Swim had you covered.
Song to song, nothing was played but solid banger after banger and the end came all too soon. Finishing their set with ‘Stranger’ was a perfect choice – what a fantastic song, and with the crowd shouting ‘Stranger!’ back in the chorus, just made the night.
With 2000 Trees festival just days away this little warm-up has served up another great gig for Birmingham and hopefully warmed the lads up for a fantastic weekend of incredible bands, wonderful times, beer and; food -what more could you ask for?
“sometimes you meet the right people at the wrong time”
What’s Your Big Idea?
Deliver Us More Evil
What Have We Done?
Sense of Humor
Set the Room Ablaze
Better Luck Next Time
Reviewer: Jordan Wynn
Photo courtesy of Pure Noise Records