Where: The Westcoast Bar, Margate
If you like raw screams, heartfelt lyrics and blistering guitar riffs then you’re bound to like Valliers. Being the first on stage tonight, they’ve brought huge amounts of energy to get the ball rolling for the night to come, and we’re glad to see the amount of people that have turned up on a Thursday evening! Showcasing new song ‘Breathe’ partway through the set, the audience just can’t get enough. Ending their set with their most recent single ‘Misery’, the crowd belt out the lyrics along with the band. With a new EP on the horizon, these guys are ones to watch.
Alt-hardcore band Cove are next to take the stage tonight, and there’s no doubt that lead vocalist Ben Shorten knows how to put on a good show. Spitting water in to the air and prancing round the stage, he’s clearly here to entertain us tonight. Even though the crowd’s energy dips somewhat, the majority are still up for it, flinging their limbs like there’s no tomorrow. As their set comes to a close, Shorten comes off the stage to join the audience for the last song and, even though some people have lost their momentum at this point, it doesn’t really matter. All they need is a few more shows under their belts and Cove will be a great band with plenty of strength behind them.
Emotional alt-rock band Holding Absence are up and, having just been signed to Sharpton Records, there’s a buzz around these guys. Opening with single ‘Permanent’, lead vocalist Lucas Woodland displays his theatrical side through heartfelt lyrics, intertwined with screams and smooth vocals. The short and sweet set comes to an end all too quickly, but you can’t say they haven’t put everything into this set – especially as drummer Ashley Green plays lying on the floor at the end of the set from exhaustion! Holding Absence have a certain charm and charisma, and we sure hope to see them on the road soon.
Create To Inspire
It’s now time for the headliners, rock band Create To Inspire. With a couple of years of experience, they have a powerful presence on stage. Starting the set with ‘Agony’ and ‘Sickness’, the title track from their upcoming debut album, the crowd gain full energy and sing along to everything they know.
As the set continues, lead vocalist Sean Midson expresses how music has made his life better, and is an outlet for people to get through tough times – which we definitely agree with. The set is full of crunchy riffs and hard hitting breakdowns that fills the room. With gut-wrenching and raw vocals that are complimented with clean guitar – these guys are ones to watch for their musicality.
As their set draws to a close with ‘Adjust’, we can safely say we were thoroughly entertained by Create To Inspire. With their debut album fast approaching, we have no doubt they’re going to be noticed more in the future.