Where: O2 Academy Brixton
South East pop-punk outfit ROAM take to the stage first and pull no punches with their four- song set. Opening with the high-energy ‘Warning Sign’ from their 2015 EP Viewpoint, the boys warm the crowd up for the more recognised bands to follow, but at no point look even remotely out of their depth. Those who were familiar with ROAM’s debut album Backbone go crazy for the boys and sing along, while those new to the band appear thoroughly impressed.
Hands Like Houses
Australian heavyweights Hands Like Houses are no strangers to playing in the UK, often on their own headline tours. It’s safe to say the crowd are treated to a band who know perfectly how to get people moving, to get people singing, and to get people having fun. Hands Like Houses may be a tad heavier than the other acts, but it works as a perfect contrast to pop-punk band ROAM. Opening and finishing with their huge anthems ‘New Romantics’ and ‘I Am’, respectively, by the time Hands Like Houses leave the stage there is barely a dry forehead to be found in the crowd.
The final support act Young Guns treat fans of both new and old to an unbelievable set, featuring tracks from early releases such as ‘Weight Of The World’, new releases such as ‘Buried’, and of course the widely recognised belter, ‘Bones’. The band give everything they have, and the crowd do so in return. Young Guns themselves are capable of headlining Brixton Academy, and the majority of the crowd could probably go home very happy following their performance, but there is one more band still to come…
Lower Than Atlantis
After ten years as a band, it’s clear to see how much it means to Lower Than Atlantis to be headlining such an iconic venue, and the magnitude of it is not lost on them, nor does it daunt them. Mike Duce, as per usual, is enigmatic, hilarious and crazy from start to finish. The crowd go wild every time he opens his mouth to speak, and even crazier every time he does so to sing. As well as playing obvious choices such as ‘Emily’, ‘English Kids In America’ , and ‘Work For It’, the band play songs such as ‘Beech Like The Tree’, and the powerful ‘Another Sad Song’, in a throwback to their earlier release, World Record. Finishing with ‘Here We Go’, the crowd erupt with joy, open up as many pits as they can manage, and sing their hearts out.
Lower Than Atlantis’ excellent performance is the icing on the cake after a wonderful array of supporting bands have already nailed it. This night is a night to remember for the fans and the bands themselves.