Live Review: Lower Than Atlantis with Antlered Man and the Computers at Camden Barfly – 4th July 2011

By on Thursday, 7th July 2011 at 2:00 pm

Hanging around the Barfly in Camden tonight are the hardcore fans, not necessarily of genre but in dedication toward tonight’s headline band. Everyone queueing both in and outside the venue is here for one band, Lower Than Atlantis. The intimate 220 capacity venue is playing host tonight to XFM and their X-Posure show, so all bands are out to impress the airwaves and the apprehension inside is increasing rapidly. Before tonight’s bill topper are due on stage, though, it’s Antlered Man‘s turn to impress the 150+ music fans in front of the stage.

London locals Antlered Man might not be the biggest name on tonight’s lineup but they’re doing their hardest to rectify this. Dotting about the stage like a man possessed, frontman Damo Ezekiel-Home’s high-pitched vocals were a juxtaposition to his band’s progressive sludgy metal. Opening with ‘Platoono Of Uno’, the air is filled with the constant plea from Ezekiel-Home: “I am a man and I want to be heard!” The pseudo-grunge nature of Antlered Man is similar to that of early System Of A Down, especially during the politically charged ‘Surrounded By the White Man’. Ending on a vigorously energetic rendition of ‘Misruly Roo’, the whole crowd are in appreciation of what could be a big thing in metal circles.

Now the crowd are suitably warmed up, it’s time to turn up the hate with Devon quartet the Computers. All playing in smart white shirts and jeans, the image is quickly destroyed in a mash of headbanging, sweat and spit. Frontman Alex Kershaw is screaming his lungs out and trying his hardest to heat up the crowd. Sadly, despite the passion on the stage, the majority of those off stage aren’t moving. After rushing through fan favourite ‘Teenage Tourettes Camp’ and a number of other short sharp tracks from 2011 album ‘This is the Computers’, Kershaw heads into the crowd with guitar in tow to end the set standing on the bar and screaming. Although the performance was without flaws, the general crowd response was, unfortunately, lacklustre.

Heading in for the kill tonight, though, are tonight’s main players – Lower Than Atlantis. Charging on stage into a frantic ‘(Motor)Way Of Life’, the Hertfordshire mob have the crowd in their hands. The floor literally bouncing underfoot; Camden has come alive to the sound of post-hardcore. Playing songs spanning both albums and even 2008’s ‘Bretton’ EP. Keeping the talking to a minimum, LTA tried to cram in as many songs as possible. As 200 fans primarily aged between 14 and 18 are screaming the words “We are the kids of the recession!” it’s obvious Lower Than Atlantis have found their target audience. Ending the night on a the ever-popular ‘Beech Like the Tree’, frontman Mike Duce entices the entire crowd to sit on the beer soaked floor before launching back into the air for the final verse.

As the sweaty, band t-shirt wearing mass amble back outside for the journey home, there’s a genuine sense of satisfaction amongst fans. The intimacy and intensity of the headline band made the whole night worth it for the dedicated LTA fans because they know it could be a long time before they play a venue of this size again.

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