Liberty Lies @ Asylum 2 1st June 2018

On Friday evening, Wolverhampton rock band Liberty Lies returned to the West Midlands as part of their Mouth Breathers tour.

First up in the sweltering Asylum 2 were Birmingham’s Straight From The Sun, who did well to entertain the initially small crowd that grew throughout their set. As lead vocalist, Callum Green threw himself about the small stage and even managed to get involved in a mosh pit with some of their fans. For entertainment purposes, it was a great start to the night.

Next up were the recently formed Dead Agents, who benefited from having a much bigger audience than the previous band. The Walsall based rock band came through with tonnes of melody and song writing ability that proved for a highly entertaining and well executed set. I’ll be sure to catch the band doing the rounds of the region in the future, and they’re certainly ones to look out for.

The tour support for the evening came from Kill The Ideal, an alternative rock band from Boston in Lincolnshire, not the USA!!! The band were great at getting the crowd involved at various moments throughout their short set, with great melody and riffs really getting the room excited for the evenings headliners.

Formed in 2008, Liberty Lies have supported the likes of Shinedown, Halestorm and Heaven’s Basement to name but a few however their biggest fan holding has always been back in their home of the West Midlands. And Friday’s show felt like a true celebration of how far the band has come both in terms of their career but also their song writing and performance ability.

Surrounded by family and friends, the band played a storming 45 minute set including tracks such as The Wire, Russian Dolls and Undivided. An emotional stripped down version of A Day In The Sun saw lead vocalist Shaun Richards shed a tear in amazement, however I can vouch that he wasn’t the only one with a glint in his eye.

The band have always been fantastic live, however the recently introduced mid song cover versions and synchronised dancing have added a whole new dynamic to the show. The entire band perform as though they’re headlining Wembley Arena (or the Genting) and it’s this ethos and ethic of putting on the best show possible whilst truly respecting and appreciating the fans that may see them just get there one day.

Reviewer: Dan Earl

Image Chris Bowley 2016.

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