Up first, local band A Day Called Desire brought a great deal of energy with them where they crowded the tiny stage of the Bar Academy. With strong vocals and a solid line in percussion, their post-punk tracks were well-polished, if a touch out of step with the following bands in terms of genre and audience. The stand-out track was City of the Dead, closing the set.
The second band of the night, A Silent Film, began a little shakily – in the art of performance rather than musical ability, it must be said. The first few tracks of their set ended abruptly, wrong-footing the audience who had not expected the sudden silence, but once they grew in confidence then tracks like You Will Leave A Mark and Sleeping Pills were well received and have great potential.
Lights. Action!, displaying a dapper choice in jackets, began their set with the anthemic Moscow and didn’t drop the bar throughout the rest of their set. The sound levels were a touch out at the beginning but, once this was rectified (vocalist of A Silent Film playing sound engineer), the vocals offered a much rounder sound than one is used to hearing at Bar Academy. Story of a Broken Boy was bracketed by two “chillout songs”, which worked to good effect, and more than one teary girl had to reapply mascara after Until The Day That I Die.
Their final track, Young Scarlett Young, was Stars meets Grand Unification Theory, and I can’t think of any other word but ‘epic’ to describe. If their performance at the Bar Academy is anything to go on, then I very much look forward to seeing Lights. Action! take on a bigger stage.
Signals to Radar
Until the Day I Die
Story of a Broken Boy
Young Scarlett Young
Review – Jack Briggs.
Photos – Ian Dunn.