Live Review, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Key Club, 16-12-17

Kill the silence

Our first band of the night, coming out of Leeds, post-hardcore band, Kill The Silence. Opening straight away with some heavy catchy riffs, helping keep things intriguing from the offset. These guys clearly have a lot of energy to give, interacting with the crowd and giving us plenty of reasons to interact back. And in a genre saturated with rather similar sounding music, they manage to theirs feel like it stands out with solid song structures and strong vocal work, their particular sound was rather refreshing to the ears. There was great musicianship from four band members, even with a new to the band bassist and certain instrument malfunctions about halfway through, Kill The Silence performed an incredibly tight set, this combined with the rather welcoming atmosphere the audience was giving off made for a solid baseline for them to rest easy on. 7/10.

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Verdian

Next up in our lineup from the night is Veridian, a six-piece rock formation from Reading, only formed in 2016 and only a year it seems like they are making great progress in their scene, and it is easy to see why. Giving off similar vibes to bands like Young Guns/ Mallory Knox. Their chilled back, high energy style of music helps it feel very accessible to all audiences, their overall sound felt unique for the genre, with each individual band member instrumental parts standing out, solid vocals, unique guitar tones, and intricate drum work. Their overall energy from the set was fantastic, they know exactly what to to do to get the audience interested, giving us plenty of reasons interacted, and along with a packed out house made for a great atmosphere. 8/10.

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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

The last band of the night, our headliners, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, on their 10th-anniversary tour of “don’t you fake it” which they played all the way through during their set. The incredibly intimate venue mixed with a sold-out show made for an incredibly fun and intense atmosphere throughout. My first impression of Red Jumpsuit is that their unique style of highly energetic pop punk/ pop rock seems to be a great crowd pleaser and along with great crowd interaction from the band members, and in turn which got a wonderful crowd reaction from everyone and made for a really engaging environment.
And this mixed with their great musicianship and a strong dialed in sound, which utilizing solid song structures, gripping guitar work and strong vocals just made for an honestly just great overall performance. 9/10

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All Tied Up – Breaking Silence

Southern pop punk outfit All Tied Up make their return to the British Pop-punk scene with latest EP Breaking Silence. The boys have racked up an impressive résumé thus far with support slots for British scene mainstays such as Whitmore and [Spunge] as well as bigger American names such as The Ataris. Not a bad start for a bunch of lads from from Milton Keynes and with an album and two EP’s already under their belt, the band look to take that vital next leap on Breaking Silence.

For fans of that early 2000’s pop punk sound, opener So Enthusiastic will hit all the right notes, coming on like a vibrant cross between the unshakeable vocal hooks of the Madden brothers and the jangly cleans of mellower Blink 182 numbers. It’s a cracking start and stands as one of the strongest moments on the EP. While it’s not a bad thing to have a such strong opener, there are a few things that box the EP in a little.

A small issue is the production, which while not terrible at all, tends to compress the mix a tad, leaving little space for the songs to breathe and some of the heavier moments such as the mid-section of Better Day sounding cluttered and stiff. It almost seems a little unfortunate as some of the numbers on here shine through regardless ; with Master of Disguise coming complete with a belter of a chorus reminiscent of The Ataris best work and the title track’s excellent double time riffery. The lyrics are typical of the genre but work well alongside the musical backdrop covering everything from self doubt, road stories and good old fashioned love.

With Breaking Silence, it’s abundantly clear that All Tied Up have worked hard to craft an EP full of catchy choruses, itch-scratchingly fun riffs and singalong lyrics. They show maturity with strong harmonies and bravery with vocalist Dave Palfreyman embracing his accent and in turn adding charm and identity to the music. Aside from the minor complaint regarding production, this drops just in time for you to listen to it all through the colder seasons and memorise these tunes for summer 2018.

Breaking Silence is released September 22nd on Stack in-a-box Records.

PVRIS release dates for autumn UK/EU tour

After the recent sold out tour which included two stunning performances at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, PVRIS are excited to announce a 22 date EU and UK tour this November for you to get your groove on to. You can listen to them below as well as view the dates!

2nd November Backstage Halle Munich

3rd November Dynamo Zurich

4th November Magazzini Generali Milan

6th November Flex Vienna

7th November Lucerna Music Bar Prague

8th November Huxleys Berlin

9th November Docks Hamburg

11th November Pumpehuset Copenhagen

12th November Fryhuset Stockholm

13th November Rockefeller Oslo

15th November Live Music Hall Cologne

16th November Den Atelier Luxembourg

17th November Tivoli Ronda Utrecht

18th November Elysee Montmartre Paris

19th November Trix Antwerp

22nd November o2 Academy Bristol

23rd November o2 Academy Birmingham

24th November The Academy Dublin

25th November Mandela Hall Belfast

27th November o2 Academy Glasgow

28th November Apollo Manchester

30th November o2 Brixton Academy London

Halflives announce UK tour for July

What has already been an enjoyable and incredible nine months for Italian quintet Halflives now takes a new step in the right direction as the Modena natives have announced their first UK headline tour! You can check out the dates below as well as what they sound like!

11th – Glasgow – Bloc
12th – Nottingham – The Maze
13th – Peterborough – Met Bar
14th – Bridgwater – Cobblestones
15th – Whitchurch – Percy’s