In a cellar underneath one of Kingston’s alternative pubs isn’t where you would think to look for one of the most understated tours currently tearing through the UK. Since previously having been in Paramore, Josh Farro is someone you’ve likely seen playing festival main stages and arenas, this small and intimate show is somewhat a treat. Rounding off the line-up with Greywind and Natives, this is a show about small bands on the brink of big things.
Irish pop rockers Greywind opened the show with a vibrant performance showing off front woman Steph O’Sullivan’s impressive vocal ability. With their debut album out late January, this show is all hype to get their own album cycle started and have new content being aired to an audience. Playing tracks like Afterthoughts and Safe Haven, had heads nodding and it won’t be a surprise to see faces from this audience at their headline shows.
Natives took to the stage and had the crowd enraptured with their combination of groovy beats and synths. Their delicate sound, described as ‘Tribal Pop’ is a real departure from Greywind. Taking the sound in new directions, they dart through Stop The Rain and This Island. Their tracks are more of an experience than just music, with each song taking the listener on a journey of sound using a variety of instruments and vocals. With tracks bringing out a sing-a-long in the audience, it was clear that Natives were a drawing point of the show and have a fanbase all of their own.
Rounding of the night, Farro took to the stage led by former lead guitarist from Paramore, Josh Farro. Whilst it may be daunting to start from the bottom after having been in a well established band in the scene, there are no sign of nerves. Launching into a set full of tunes off of debut album Walkways, it’s nice to see all eyes on Farro tonight. Bouncing around the stage with head banging galore, this is a quiet show yet at the same time it’s full of energy. Color Rush had the audience singing along to the chorus’, whilst Islands became a much more personal affair, Farro‘s vocals and the soaring guitar work becoming a seamless mixture of emotions. As the show moved forward Farro‘s keyboard and bass players came to centre stage to create somewhat of a choir vibe with Josh. Bringing out an almost folk sound, the atmosphere became very merry and relaxed. Moving on through the set it’s apparent that Farro can hold a stage with his own merit, the songs might be a different sound but they certainly make for easy listening.