After leaving a positive impression last time round in Newcastle while supporting Vanna, Birmingham upstarts LYU return and are greeted by a select few singing along down at the front. Although, this may only be their third ever tour, they are definitely growing into their shoes, as it’s an incredibly slick performance all-round, delivering their technically odd metalcore/hardcore/pop-punk mishmash with clean poppy vocals, but it somehow works. Big things are ahead.
Making their long-awaited Newcastle debut, Southampton’s Our Time Down Here certainly go out of their way to make a mark, as they beast out Flip-Up Caps and Crew Neck Sweats. Providing a powerfully raw and interactive performance, the band feed off the small collective who are screaming along, as vocalist Will Gould places the mic stand in the centre of the room for a hearty sing-a-long during You Fucking Tragedy. Serving up the likes of Revelations from their 2007 self-titled EP, new material from their upcoming release is also delved into, and while it’s a slight departure from their brash melodic hardcore sound, it’s definitely something to get excited about.
Unfortunately, this tour hasn’t exactly been plain-sailing for Boston pop-punk outfit A Loss For Words, with frontman Matt Arsenault blowing out his voice and missing a couple of shows, but today sees the band return to top form. Opening with Stamp of Approval, the energy is unparalleled compared to their last visit – it’s all about mic grabs and stage dives tonight! The band’s hardcore ethos truly shines in a live setting, it’s as much about crowd participation as it is them. Covers from their newly-released Motown Classics album My Girl and I Want You Back all prove to be a hit and provide extremely fun and accessible sing-a-longs for those who may not be familiar with the band’s own material. With US pop-punk bands such as The Wonder Years and Fireworks hogging all the limelight, it’s surely about time for A Loss For Words to gain the recognition they deserve.
– Faye Turnbull.
Interview with Our Time Down Here coming soon!