A night filled of pop punk and alternative rock was set it motion for Bristol* as The Exchange sets up for a night of stage dives, crowd singalongs and a few mosh pits here and there.
*= PHOTOS WERE TAKEN IN SOUTHAMPTON BY JADE FALCONER
Kicking off the night was local talent Tuskens who broke straight out onto the stage with a ferocious sound, albeit sounding a bit muddy at the start due to the mixing. They pulled a lot of new faces in to watch them bring something spanning their three year career from older tracks such as ‘Ten Years Old, Twelve Years Now‘ all the way up to now. With a bit of a rocky start, the vocals power through and for those thirty minutes, they show Bristol why they are a great part of the underground pop punk scene.
Bringing the Australian heat with an alternative rock edge to their pop punk finesse, the three-piece are currently going through their album cycle for the recently released ‘Spring Forever‘ and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. The newer tracks such as ‘Raindrop‘ and ‘Summer Dress‘ showing their presence and having such a great guitar tone to back it up. Coming to the other side of the world and bringing their craft might be a tall feat for other small groups, but they didn’t disappoint in the slightest.
Pop punk tends to be about two things; emotional struggles and having fun with friends. This band brought both of these things in spades and the Canadian group knew how to make themselves the best band of the night. With a lot of songs coming from their latest record ‘Distant Like You Asked‘, it made their set that more modern with the emotional track of the night ‘22A‘ getting a big reaction from fans. Taking a small dose out of their self titled EP with ‘Clarity‘, the band started to make their close with the final tracks ‘Distant‘ and a surprising return of hardcore-laden ‘Stay Pissed‘ to show off one of the best up and coming bands in the game today.
Now it’s time for the headliners who are cementing themselves as a great staple in UK Pop Punk. With the new album ‘Backbone‘ being the main forefront of this bands tour, the tracks have such a fiery tenacity that in this tiny room, it brings out the best of everyone. Scanning their discography with tracks from their EP’s ‘Head Down‘ and ‘Viewpoint‘ made their set a great variety of old school mixed with new school.
A few highlights from the set was when they did a full-band version of their acoustic laden track ‘Tracks‘ with the lights dimmed down and phones/lighters in the air, it changed the mood dramatically for the better, then they threw in a nice little cover of ‘Basket Case‘ by Green Day for good measure to throw a nice little taste into everyones mouth. Make no mistake, they showed off what the UK has to offer besides the more well known acts in the genre and they’re doing them proud.
Being their first time in the UK, Like Pacific were here to bring something undeniably emotional and fun to the small Bristol venue. Before the show, we got to talk to the vocalist Jordan Black about the current tour, their latest record and much, much more!
For those who might not be familiar, how would you describe Like Pacific?
It’s like pop punk/melodic punk I guess, More on the emotional side I would say.
You’re currently reaching the tail end of your UK tour with ROAM and Columbus, how has that experience been so far?
Amazing so far. It’s our first time we’ve ever been here so its pretty wild and insane. We’re all having fun so its pretty cool.
What has been the most exciting thing about this tour?
I mean, everything is such a culture shock here so honestly everything. Im definitely going to say the food, trying new food here is pretty insane.
You released ‘Distant Like You Asked’ at the beginning of the year, how has the whole cycle gone from the beginning up until this point?
We released it on the AP tour with Neck Deep and State Champs and it built some traction, kinda got the ground going with it, but you know come the summer with Warped Tour it was even bigger and now it’s like.. we played our home town and playing bigger markets in the States and that was crazy.
What song to you from that record would you say has the most meaning to you personally?
‘Worthless Case‘ or ‘22A‘. Either one, I’m kinda torn between the two of those.
What song would you say out of your discography do you feel gives off the whole Like Pacific message of what you guys are about?
‘Suffering‘ or ‘Eviction‘. They’re two songs off the self titled EP.
What is the meaning behind the quote ‘Stay Pissed’?
Honestly, it was just a stupid fucking joke. We were on tour with a band with 2012/2013 and we were just bored at our friends studio and we were just like ‘lets just record something‘ and I was like ‘I have this song in mind‘ and we all put it together really quickly and recorded it. I think it took us about 20 minutes and we were done. Then we were like ‘What do you wanna call it?‘ and our friend Anton pitched the name and that’s it!
Within the music genre, have you had any discrimination towards your sexuality?
I haven’t had any. I’ve seen people walk out of our shows beforewhich is really fucking weird and its just like ‘alright, you’re a fucking wiener‘, but besides that no. Definitely not.
Do you think it differs for you from outside of the music?
I think it totally does, but I don’t think theres any room for it anymore. I mean if there was any oppression of any sort in that sense they would be like ‘Get the fuck out of here, why did you pay money for this‘, which is a good thing!
What advice would you give to your fans who are having worries about coming out about who they truly are, whether it be about sexuality or gender?
That’s a hard one, I mean it’s different for everyone because some advice is better for some than others. For me, if I were to go with my own advice I took when I was 18 is that once you can properly be in a safe environment and maybe get away from people like you parents who may not understand it, then do that. Come out on your own terms, like don’t rush that shit but don’t hold it in because that could lead to a whole lot of fucked up things that I don’t want to get into. Come out on your own terms and don’t let someone else decide for you, just when you’re ready for it, but I don’t know as everyone is different you know?
What is your favourite piece of band merch/vinyl that you own?
Favourite vinyl that I own.. Carry On – A Life Less Plagued. What else do I have? I’m gonna say Such Gold – Misadventures. I love that album, I think that album is great. For merch, I have a couple of Type O Negative shirts that I’m pretty happy about and glad to have.
If all the band members were in a wrestling match, who would win and who would take the pinfall/submission?
Chris would be the only winner as he loves wrestling and the rest of us hate wrestling. I would lose because I wouldn’t know what I was doing, I would probably die.
Without selecting pizza, what three items would you associate with pop punk?
Thank god you didn’t include pizza! Um, Black Vans Authentics. Uhh, A Neck Deep shirt? *laughs* sorry Ben. I don’t know! Um… one of your parents cars, being on your parents insurance.
If you could plan a world tour for next year, but could only pick bands from Canada, who would you choose?
Safe To Say, Boys Night Out, Rarity.. Who else could I pick? Definitely Pine for sure. It’s funny because I could say any bands because I’m friends with a lot of them but they would probably be like ‘Nah we don’t wanna tour with you, we’re good‘. I’m definitely gonna say Safe To Say, Rarity, Cold Front. That’s my main selection
What can we expect from Like Pacific in 2017?
We got a lot going on. We just announced a Senses Fail tour with Counterparts and Movements. We’re taking of a few months to write come January. Like after this tour, were doing a few dates with Set Your Goals in the States then we’re home for about 2 1/2 months to write a bunch and get a bunch of new tracks and stuff. I can’t say anything much more as we’ll get in trouble but after Senses Fail we have some more touring going on and recording a new record.
Any final words to your fans?
Thank you for giving a shit about my band. I never thought I was gonna make it this far at age 25 so this is amazingly humble.. I mean humbling sorry. I can’t talk today, I had a hot chocolate today and I think its the sugar rush.
Trophy Eyes have announced that joining them on their February tour to Australia next year will be Columbus, Our Past Days and From Oslo. The short run of dates will commence on the 2nd and end on the 19th. Grab tickets from Trophyeyesmusic.com
Columbus have released their new single Daffodil which is taken from the bands upcoming debut album Spring Fever which is set for release August 26th via UNFD.
The band also support Roam on the bands first tour of the UK, for a few dates of their October tour. Also appearing on the tour with Roam on different dates are; Like Pacific and WSTR. Tour dates are below:
Make sure to pre-order the album now via UNFD and iTunes.