Where: The Underworld, Camden
The Gospel Youth
Brighton-based pop-rock band The Gospel Youth are first to hit the stage each night on this tour, and tonight at The Underworld it all comes to an end. The 500-capacity venue is already pretty packed to get the most out of the night and the band really get the crowd rocking out, with almost no room to move. The band finish off their set with a bang with ‘Stay Positive’ from their 2015 EP Empires that sets the crowd wild ready for the night ahead.
With the crowd chanting WSTR over and over as soundcheck is near complete, you could mistake this for a co-headline gig. Having just released their debut album Red, Green or Inbetween in the past couple of weeks, the buzz is beaming out of the band as they take to the stage for the last night of this tour.
As they play tracks such as ‘Footprints’ and ‘Graveyard Shift’, the crowd know exactly what to do as they belt out lyrics, mosh and crowd surf like there’s no tomorrow. The pit opens right out for the short and sweet ‘Gobshite’, and the band are loving every moment of this. A cover is performed of Limp Bizkit’s ‘Break Stuff‘ which sets the crowd even crazier, if that’s even possible! WSTR end their set with ‘South Drive’, and as they leave the stage the crowd chant their name once again, which for a support band is quite a rare sight! We can guarantee everyone had a good time.
All the way from Ontario, Canada, it’s finally time for Seaway to take the London stage for the first time in nearly a year. Opening up with stellar songs ‘Slam’ and ‘Best Mistake’ the crowd pay no attention to the ‘No Stage Diving or Crowd Surfing’ signs, I mean, where’s the fun in that anyway? As long as no-one gets hurt, of course.
The harmonies of lead vocalist Ryan Locke and guitarist Patrick Carleton are rehearsed to perfection and the stage presence radiates from all members, from a few years of gigging this comes as no surprise. They power through upbeat and electrifying songs such as the whimsical ‘Your Best Friend’, the hard-hitting ‘Freak’ and the song that sets everyone crazy ‘Trick (So Sweet)’, there’s no doubt this band know how to put on a good show.
The night draws to a close with ‘Airhead’ as the other bands from the tour – including the merch guys! – join Seaway on stage for the last songs of the set, and the crowd soak up every last bit of the evening before the early curfew. Seaway deliver a solid and entertaining performance with easy listening tracks that if you see them live you’d be singing them in your head on the tube home too. We sure hope they don’t leave it so long next time before coming back to the UK, because it’s a guaranteed good night.