With a long queue awaiting to get into Birmingham’s O2 Academy to see Lower Than Atlantis, it was clear that a lot of people had been awaiting the return of the Watford based alternative rock band.
Opening the show were pop punkers Roam. Although being first on the bill, the band were here to make a long lasting impression and Alex (vocals) kept up a high energy fuelled set keeping the whole crowd on their toes, pushing to the front and singing along at the top of their voices. Deadweight saw the first of the many crowd surfers amongst the fans and they even started up a circle pit which worked weirdly well considering the vibes. Finishing on Hopeless Cause, Roam had put on a good show and had certainly warmed the audience up for the rest of the evening’s entertainment. [8/10]
Up next were Hands Like Houses. Whilst the Australian sextet brought a lot of energy, the crowd didn’t seem as responsive as they did for Roam despite a lot of excitement for them pre-tour. The majority of their set was from their latest release ‘Dissonants‘ and this was preformed with absolute precision; everything from the instrumentals to the flawless vocals resulted in the band giving a really positive performance. The audience seemed to perk up a little too late though as they only got really involved in the last song with a clap and a sing-a-long. [7/10]
Young Guns came on stage to a beautifully lit area with LED’s lighting up the amps and creating an exciting vibe around the place. The crowd were definitely excited to see them play as cheers erupted when they burst into their first song ‘Mad World‘. Halfway through the set the band started playing ‘You Are Not‘ and instantly the room was alight with torches and phone screens setting a mellow mood for the crowd and enticing a sing-a-long. They put on a good show, but seemed to lack the all important energy on stage and this reflected with the crowd. They also let the room into a little secret that they’ll be back in September for a headline tour. [7/10]
Finally, the band that everyone had been waiting for, Lower Than Atlantis. They burst onto stage full throttle with ‘Had Enough‘ and ‘Dumb‘. After the crowd finally calmed down, Mike handed the vocal duties over to the room for “Emily” and just stood there with the biggest grin on his face whilst we watched every single person singing his words back at him. Mike then went on to explain that the band had only slept for a matter of “6 hours over the past 48 hours” and was somewhat an apology for the lack of singing, however they didn’t let it affect the energy that they put across – you wouldn’t have known otherwise. The further along the set the more you could hear Mike‘s voice struggle, but when the band went off for a breather and came back on for the encore, phone lights again lit the venue and both the whole band and the whole crowd sang along and created a breathtaking atmosphere. Overall, Lower Than Atlantis put on a brilliant set despite Mike’s vocal struggles but with the crowd stepping in when needed, it was totally worth it. [8/10]