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Live Review: In Case of Fire on the Kerrang! Tour @ Oxford Academy – 20th January 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 21st January 2009 at 5:53 pm
 

In Case Of FireDespite having been going for nearly a week already, In Case of Fire kicked off tonight’s Kerrang Tour in style. After playing their first song, “Do What I Say”, the lads mumbled a brief introduction of “We’re In Case Of Fire and this song’s called ‘This Time We Stand'” before launching into a lively version of the track. After playing their older single they played their upcoming single, The Cleansing.

By now it seemed the three guys were getting into their stride as they spoke to the audience a bit more, getting everyone revved up for more before introducing their fourth and penultimate song, ‘The Cleansing’. Steven (vocals and guitar) and Mark (bass) certainly gave a lively performance using most of the stage space available as they powered through the songs. Although a bit more hidden from view, Colin on drums also seemed to give the set his all.

As with any good opening act, In Case of Fire got the audience set for the rest of the night with demanding to know “who’s looking forward to Black Tide“, pausing for the screams that they knew would undoubtedly follow, and then going on to repeat the question for Dir En Grey, Bring Me The Horizon and the headliners, Mindless Self Indulgence. Finally, they introduced their last song but not before saying that they’d be back in Oxford some time soon.

Although the set was short, no more than about 20 minutes, there is little doubt that In Case of Fire have made their mark big time on the people at the Kerrang tour. With a sound that bears reminiscence of a Northern Irish version of Muse, yet individual and fast paced in their own unique way as well; In Case of Fire are definitely a band to watch this year.

The rest of the night saw the pace of the audience only increase as Black Tide, Dir En grey, Bring Me The Horizon and Mindless Self Indulgence all brought their individual sets to the stage but each had the audience hooked in by their different approaches. It was undoubtedly one of the best combinations of bands to have as there was something for every Kerrang fan.

In Case of Fire played:
Do What I Say
This Time We Stand
Enemies
Landslides
The Cleansing
Plan A

In Case of Fire’s self-released debut album, Align The Planets; is out in February and their single, The Cleansing will be released March 2nd. The top photo is taken from In Case of Fire at the Mandela Hall in Belfast, as no pictures were available from last night’s show.

 

Live Review: Farewell at the Oxford Academy (26th October)

 
By on Monday, 27th October 2008 at 6:48 am
 

“What do you guys call boogers over here?” Marshall Davies, lead singer of Farewell asked the audience at Oxford Academy part way through their set. This question along with other comments built up the gaps between the songs as they grew more comfortable in front of us.

The set was opened with “Stay Pretty”, a song that has just the right amount of energy to get everyone to start dancing. The song was immediately followed with a typical American “what’s up?” and a small introduction of themselves with a big thank you to the audience for coming. From there they leaped into a lively set involving the audience and getting everyone moving.

As to be expected, there were was a plentiful dose of screaming teenage girls, but the Farewell lads took it in their stride and kept going – like all good gigs getting everybody hot and a little bit sweaty.

The half way point of their set was the track “Hey Heather” at which point they introduced the song by asking who was in the room that was called Heather. A few hands went up and from there the boys jumped into their song with the last words being “Well this ones for you then.”

From there, Farewell said they were going to do a slower track that was also on the album, and if we have the record, can we sing along. If not then “buy the record!” Marshall joked – though people obviously had been buying up copies as they were completely sold out before the group had even got on stage.

The penultimate song of their set was their latest track to be released: “Eighty-Eights” (out since 20th October); however nobody mentioned that it was their latest release. Despite having given the set their all so far, the lads kept going giving a bubbly rendition of the track followed by giving everything to the last track of the set: “First One On The Blog”.

For a band’s debut tour in the UK, Farewell have clearly built up a good following over the internet and by word of mouth as many of the people at the concert recognised them and knew the songs – despite mainly being there to see YouMeAtSix who Farewell were supporting throughout the tour of England. Their performance exceeded expectations however, this was probably down to the fact they’re well through their tour now and getting close to going home. If you can catch them before they hop back over the pond to America, I would.

Continue reading Live Review: Farewell at the Oxford Academy (26th October)

 

Album Review: Farewell / Isn’t this supposed to be fun?

 
By on Monday, 13th October 2008 at 9:24 pm
 

Punchy melodies coupled with infectious lyrics are bound to make Farewell a hit in the UK; especially with fans of Cute Is What We Aim For and Say Anything. Originating from North Carolina, Farewell are here to take the UK by storm with their debut tour, supporting none other than YouMeAtSix.

The tour will also help to promote their first album: “Isn’t This Supposed To Be Fun?” released earlier this year. The album contains 13 full length tracks of power pop goodness. It bears reminiscence to Motion City Soundtrack with the occasional negativity in the lyrics; but when coupled with the lively guitar and keyboard melodies, it turns it into what every screaming teenage girl loves: a fabulous collection of catchy tunes they can sing along to.

The album opens with “Start it Up”, a song that’s guaranteed to push away any flickers of doubts about the band, and pull in every power pop lover to listen further. Lead singer, Marshall Davies, brings this song, along with the others, the right edge to match the lyrics to the catchy tunes bound to make every teenager want to get up and move.

Stand out tracks on the album include “War”, “September Brought the Fall”, “Hey Heather” and up-coming single “Eighty-Eights” released 20th October.

This 5 piece band from America are definitely a band to keep your eye on, and in for big things over here if they can give as good a performance on stage as they do on their record.

You can catch Farewell supporting YouMeAtSix at the below tour dates:

Wednesday 15th October – Middlesbrough Empire
Thursday 16th October – Norwich Waterfront
Friday 17th October – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Saturday 18th October – Wolverhampton Wulfrun
Sunday 19th October – Northampton Roadmender
Tuesday 21st October – Leeds Met University
Wednesday 22nd October – Glasgow ABC1
Thursday 23rd October – Manchester Academy 2
Friday 24th October – Liverpool Carling Academy
Saturday 25th October – Southampton University
Sunday 26th October – Oxford Carling Academy
Monday 27th October – London Astoria
Tuesday 28th October – Cardiff Solus
Wednesday 29th October – Brighton Komedia
Thursday 30th October – Exeter Phoenix

 
 
 

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