Live: All Time Low, SWMRS & Waterparks – Southampton 13.03.17

Pop punk’s newest heroes Waterparks showed they may be relatively new but they know how to start a show as they stormed their way through a set of crowd pleasers. Sharing their set between their EP Cluster and debut album Double Dare meant that the older tracks like Crave got a slightly louder sing-a-long but the performance never wavered. You’d hardly notice that some songs were still quite new to the band or the crowd. 7/10

Punk rock band SWMRS took to the stage next set to prove that it wasn’t just a pop punk night tonight. From the get go they were on overdrive, with head banging and foot stomping galore. The energy they fed into the crowd started the first noticeable jostling; the music seemed to be going down well too with a vast majority of the crowd pitching in with lyrics. 7/10

Quite literally kicking things off with Kicking and Screaming, All Time Low bounded out onto the stage to a deafening roar of approval from their fans. This might be a tour that is noticeably smaller than their last visit to the UK in which they played arena size venues, but from the impressive lighting rig to the packed out shows it’s clear this is no small date in the calendar. Bounding around the stage the guys show off their usual antics; there is much talk of penis’, women and Jack collects his standard amount of bras. Yet at the same time, everything feels new, the confidence, the energy, it all feels renewed. It could be coincidence, it could be to do with their recent signing to Fueled By Ramen but something has them bouncing that little bit higher tonight. Launching through an assortment of their hits; Weightless, Something’s Gotta Give and Kids In The Dark, to name but a few, everything feels polished and shiny. Whilst they are arguably a very different band to what they used to be, they’ve adapted and tried to accommodate old and new fans alike with a variety of songs from across their back catalogue.

With the upcoming album Last Young Renegade on it’s way imminently it was only fitting they play the first single off of it, Dirty Laundry. The only surprise was how well everyone in the crowd knew it, from an outside perspective it wouldn’t be apparent at all that it was a new song. Towards the end of the set Therapy made an appearance which had the entire crowd singing along to every word, quite a moving moment with old and new fans coming together on what is considered a bit of a classic for All Time Low. Rounding off the encore with Dear Maria, Count Me In was always going to end well and it was a real feel good affair with the crowd shouting every word and the band bouncing around with renewed vigor. Is this a band that has staying power? Definitely. Did they deliver? 100%. The banter might need some work but the performance is golden. 9/10

Basement + Higher Power – Live @ Joiners, Southampton (1/3/17)

A close quartered venue, a few awesome bands and a second night of sweaty people in Southampton having the time of their lives, Basement and Higher Power are looking to show off why they are such an exciting couple of bands in a very intimate setting.

Up first were mosh heavy group Higher Power (8) who are very unconventional for a hardcore band, especially if you come into them blind only knowing them as a hardcore group, but as they took to the stage they weren’t going to hold themselves back as they throw themselves into tracks such as ‘Burning’ to get the crowd pumped up beyond belief. Their music rang through the venue and made the crowd feel alive for the first band. Whilst it might take a while to get used to the vocals at some points, they add to the flavourful guitars in tracks like ‘Peace’ which only heighten their sound when you blend it with their latest song ‘Can’t Relate’ that was only released a few days before this show. If you were at both shows and weren’t a fan of the band by Day 1, you will have walked away tonight a happy camper and a new fan by Day 2.

It was pretty inevitable to know that Basement (9) was going to kill it two nights in a row, and boy howdy they brought the intensity up even higher. Opening up with ‘Aquasun’, the band made you feel like you we’re just back at the last show with the riffs powering down on you and the crowd reciprocating with their lungs protruding at full blast. The entire night was full of jam that you will be excited to see the band play, whether its their newer material from ‘Promise Everything’ or going back to their older material with songs such as ‘Crickets Throw Their Voices’ with hearing the crowd power through the words ‘I wish I could stay here’ filling the 150 capacity venue to a tee. With the massive amount of songs being played and the crowd not letting up at all, it is nice to see that they widen their set to include their eclectic discography with a lot of different tracks to focus on. You have the much more crowd pleasing vocal song as their closer with ‘Covet’ hearing the crowd reach the loudest they’ve ever been. After the dust settled, the night was closed on a positive note and cemented the band as one of the best the UK has to offer.