Supporting Lower Than Atlantis, Eastbourne pop punk band ROAM opened tonights showcase of music with a bang. Though they had an early start while the crowd were still filling the room and bustling about getting their drinks and what-not, ROAM powered through, delivering a short but sweet set sending out a great vibe for what was to come.
We didn’t have a long wait before the next band Hands Like Houses took to the stage to keep the momentum going. Having travelled all the the way from Australia, the band commented on the strangeness of being on so early while they’ve been packing out rooms back home. Nevertheless, they held great energy and got the crowd singing, jumping and fist pumping in the air with them right up until the end of their set.
Next on were Young Guns, no strangers to the stage, they live off the audience and the atmosphere, delivering strong and punchy songs, bouncing from one side of the stage to the other. You would be forgiven for mistaking them to be the headlining band tonight, as the crowd loved every second, from their older hits to their latest material; Bones was a clear ‘Favorite of the crowd, as the audiences vocals almost matches lead vocalist Gustav Wood. Promising to be back soon for a headline tour of their own, I expect they’ll have no doubts about their tickets selling quickly if tonight is anything to go by.
This tour riding on the release and success of their latest album Safe in Sound, Lower Than Atlantis’s highest charting record to date, the room was now packed and waiting for tonights headliner to take to the stage. Opening with their single Had Enough, it started with a bang, the audience in the palm of their hands from the get-go and following with Dumb, we couldn’t get enough. Backed up with a massive screen behind them, arguably the biggest production they’ve pulled off to date, the screen projecting the feeds from camera’s on their mic stands to hypnotising colours and visuals. Simple yet effective and above all, truly highlighting the talent of the band and incredible vocals of Mike Duce.
Although their set was mostly their newer material, they threw an oldie to the crowd, Beech Like A Tree, getting everybody kneeling on the floor ready to all jump up for the powerful intro, and everyone loved it. Slowing the set down for Another Sad Song, you could feel the emotion running through the fans as they lit up the venue with lighters and their phones. There was a true and honest feeling of connection running throughout tonight.
Finishing with English Kids In America and Here We Go, you realise just what a great band they are, with each band member shining through-out the night individually, yet bringing it all together to create such a special night.
Reviewer: Jordan Wynn
Photographer: Chris Bowley