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Angel At My Table – Barfly, London – 11/05/14 | Live Review

HTF headed over to Camden’s Barfly last week to check out Luxembourg pop rockers Angel At My Table. Find out what happened here.

Credit: Saphron Barrett

Ahead of the release of their upcoming debut album Lights on the 17th May, Luxembourg pop rockers Angel At My Table headed over to the UK for a five date run, and we caught them at London’s Barfly to find out what they’re made of.

The evening commences with an evident emptiness in the venue, but this doesn’t dampen the spirits of first band Rumours, hailing their debut EP Letters From The Memory Box; making the most of the fans who’ve made a turn out. With high promises to be ‘Full of hooks and hard hitting, honest words…’, frontman Alex McCain dazzles with his vocals in a pop-rock stance that elegantly pleases. Whilst they made not be the most rock and roll band (especially with a cup of coffee on stage), their efforts to strike a chord of musical intellect and show energy on a small stage is not to be unnoticed. All be it cliché at times, Rumours certainly do pack some pop-punch to get the fans awake.

London based alternative rock five-piece Amaryllis follow as they boast their latest EP Revolt, encompassing the band’s powerfully dynamic stage presence. Opener ‘Kings’ brings a hearty burst of guitar vitality and energy as they grab the limelight instantly. Melodic vocals from Sante Moonie stun throughout the set; bringing alive the talent this band has. Whilst the room does not quite respond back in the lively manner they’re used to, Amaryllis take the crowd to their knees for their guitar breakdown showoff in ‘Stand Down’. From their sentiments of harder rock riffs to slower elements, their live set has it all, and is certainly not to be missed.

Main support comes from power pop rockers Orchard Hill, who take to the stage as an incomplete band, but in a fashion so strong and confident you wouldn’t notice for a second. From a cover of Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ so genius and catchy to their new single ‘Gravity’, the band make their mark, and quickly. Vocals from Tiff Nicholson amaze as she packs the pipes for the band’s upbeat and fun-loving, party going attitude. Vocals from Jamie Rogers make an appearance during the set to add diversity to the set’s more mellow moments. Despite sound issues striking Orchard Hill the most during the evening, it didn’t stop them from unleashing their pop rock goodness.

Headliners Angel At My Table take to the stage with the letters of the band lighting up the intimate space, likewise to bands such as Young Guns. Their set opens strongly as the Luxembourg quintet set to impress through their power pop spirit as guitar tones fill the room with an optimistic vibe. As they boast EP’s City Romance and In A Heartbeat, the crowd mexican wave from the orders of vocalist Joelle Gelhausen to maintain an enthusiastic attitude. But its the content from upcoming debut album Lights that truly shines through in their set. Vocals are at their peak, not to mention backing musicality that lifts the crowd to a sea of growing fist pumps and clapping hands. Although at times the set becomes a bit repetitive and tracks kind of undistinguishable between another, their attempts to hold and grasp the crowd are to be admired. Its no doubt that this band will back to the UK in the near future to give the live scene another crack.

Review: Emma Younger

Photos: Saphron Barrett

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