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Live Review: Lower Than Atlantis – Exeter, Phoenix – 01/10/12

Read our thoughts on the first date of Lower Than Atlantis’ tour!

Band: Lower Than Atlantis
Support: The Dangerous Summer, Don Broco, Gnarwolves
Venue: Exeter, Phoenix
Date: 01/10/12

First things first, a packed out venue instantly makes a show that little bit better. With Exeter being so far down the map, bands often miss out the small city in Devon, so it was obvious how excited the local music lovers were when they heard that a “big gig” was coming their way. They might not be Metallica or another equally massive group, but Lower Than Atlantis have definitely made their name in the current industry. Having been described by The Fly magazine as ‘one of the UK’s hottest rock bands’, they sure had high expectations awaiting them.

With three support acts, it was going to be a long night (not that it’s a bad thing). First up, gruff pop-punk lads Gnarwolves hit the stage. For a pretty small band, they’re pretty f’ing awesome. Their style is completely fresh, loud and fun. What else could you ask for? Their album ‘CRU’ is available to listen to for free on their website (here) – go and listen if it’s the last thing you do! It’s clear that these Cornish lads are gonna be the bee’s knee’s in the near future.

Next on the bill are the truly fabulous Don Broco. It was a complete bummer that they weren’t main support as the band only had time to play a small handful of songs which meant they missed out some beauties. The room was as packed to the brim as the group took center stage. Kicking straight into their catchy single ‘Priorities’, the crowd was instantly under their spell and singing, dancing and jumping around. One thing’s for sure, Exeter sure does love a bit of Broco loving. Let’s hope they bring it back someday soon.

Main support for the night came in the form of American rock group, The Dangerous Summer. For main support, the crowd had thinned out noticeably which was a shame and possibly why they should have swapped placed with the previous band. Not they were bad, oh no, but they’re just less known in the area. Still, the band played exceptionally well with special note of the drummer who’s skills were totally crazy. It’s pretty hard for a drummer to be noticed at a gig, but we couldn’t help but be jaw-dropped by his moves.

The band everyone had been waiting for took to the stage. Playing the big hits like ‘(Motor) Way Of Life’, Lower Than Atlantis had an army of budding fans singing every word back for the entire set. In all honestly, it was slightly disappointing. The band were like robots on stage with barely any movement. Their light show was pretty good but seemed to be making up for what they should have been doing themselves. With barely any crowd interaction, it was a struggle for fans who didn’t know each and every song. Saying that, they played very well, the set was tight and they sounded just as good as the records which is always a bonus.

Overall, a pretty good night but could of had some sprucing up seeing as it was the first date on the tour.

7/10

Reviewer: Jasmine Sevette

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