Local York band On the Ropes appeared at The Duchess calm and professionally, showing they clearly felt at home on stage. They started their performance as a burst of energy. Wherever the audience looked, they were treated to a lively show from all five guys. Despite some technical difficulties with the sound, OTR remained proficient throughout their set and delivered an entertaining half an hour for the early crowd. The band had a patent modern punk-pop sound with vocals from front man Jonny Gill notably standing out, without taking anything away from the rest of the band who accompanied him very well. The guys delivered a vibrant performance with hints of A Day to Remember meets The Story So Far.
Boy Jumps Ship were the perfect opening band for Patent Pending producing a wall of sound from the outset of their performance. It was like a master class in how to play Alternative Rock live. Playing songs from their upcoming album as well as older more familiar tracks, BJS gave a humble, honest show, conveying that they are set to be around for a long time to come. It was fantastic to see a band that were clearly having fun and enjoying being able to share their music with the crowd. The crowd were set alight as Joe Ragosta from PP joined them on stage to perform along-side them. Although their recorded songs are brilliant, there was something more authentic and raw about hearing them live. BJS were a complete pleasure to watch and if this gig was anything to go by, they are going to keep growing and become a huge name in live performance.
Energy energy energy. That is the most obvious word to describe Patent Pending’s show. The band were extremely committed to giving a lively set full of momentum. Guitars, drums and vocals were all on point demonstrating the years of experience that they have. The band sounded a little grittier and slightly heavier than they do in their recorded tracks, but it worked flawlessly. Joe knew exactly how to get the crowd involved and vamped up by telling jokes and stories; even though he barely spoke as they played the first four songs back to back giving everyone a non-stop pop-punk party.
Before playing their new single, Six Feet – which went down a storm – Joe had a crowd surfing race with his brother. The guys entered the middle of the crowd and on the count of three jumped up and surfed to the stage, it was close but Joe just pinched the win. After an energy packed show, things slowed down as Joe spoke about how he was missing his daughter who had just broke her leg which lead into the crowd chanting her name, “Everly”. This was followed by Joe performing a solo version ofSpin Me Around. This stripped back song with Joe presenting it so sincerely created a perfect dynamic to the set.
Toward the end of the show, Joe gave a heartfelt speech about his own personal experience with depression that ended with inspiring words of how you shouldn’t let anything, especially yourself, get in the way of achieving your dreams. The audience roared with applause into Until the Sun Comes Up. After the audience requesting it all night, PP ended on a massive high withHey Mario sending the crowd crazy and leaving them wanting more. Despite it being a more intimate show compared to the rest of the tour, the band did an excellent job of creating an incredible atmosphere that remained through-out the night.