Riddled with sentimental value and a skillful knack for knocking up an appetising Sailor Jerry’s, The Joiners iconic role in Southampton’s fruitful music scene is one which locals remain thankful for. Putting on some of Britain’s best bands, with the help of Advance Promotions, the joint continues to reel in a crowd of keen music fanatics. Case in question: Lonely The Brave.
On Tuesday night the five-piece took to the stage as part of their debut headline tour. Kicking off the show were locals Three Time Over, who performed a fresh medley of pop punk driven hits. Quick to roam the small stage, the band naturally fired up the tempo for the night ahead, drawing-in the crowd with vast amounts of brash interaction and haunting vocals. A pleasant change from the sparse numbers we usually see gather for an opening act, Hit The Floor can’t help but think bigger and better things are on the horizon for these newcomers.
Next up were fellow natives 6 Minutes To Sunrise. Having already developed a strong and ever-growing fan base, supporting the likes of Howler, Natives and Sound Of Guns, the quartet soon got the audience moving with a nostalgic blast of classic alt rock. Tracks like ‘Alive’ and ‘Beautiful’ demonstrated the band’s effortless talent of smooth vocals, stark lyrics and strident riffs. Merging old school sounds with a modern backbone, elements of the set conveyed a grungy feel relishing in the venue’s infamous surroundings.
Providing the dim lit room with a foolhardy outbreak of Scottish power rock, tour support Fatherson were quick to hit the stage. Pros at opening up for bands like Frightened Rabbit, Panic! at the Disco, and Twin Atlantic, the Glasgow based four-piece sure knew what they were doing. The finely tuned set offered a dynamic mash up of lusty riffs and guitar led melodies, where anthems like ‘Hometown’ portrayed a rich ambiance that explored the highs and lows in life.
Finally, hailing from the equable town of Cambridge Lonely The Brave gave the night the atmospheric nature it truly deserved. A hearty collection of piercing memoirs dominated the set showcasing a raw yet powerful indie backbone.
Cranking things up to full volume the band’s wholehearted flair prevailed in hit single ‘Trick Of The Light’. Emblazed with rounded harmonies and secluded undertones, the song was one of many that highlighting the success the five-piece have had in recent months.
Larger tracks like ‘Black Saucers’ only added to the quintet’s signature style. Aggressive vocals and a rugged beat peppered the song highlighting an opulent sound that’s got better with age.
Destined for great things, the five-piece’s natural craftsmanship stood out a mile. We’re not too sure what’s in the water of Cambridge, but we’ll gladly have a glass or two.
Reviewer: Emma Matthews