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Live Review: Shadows Chasing Ghosts – Barfly, London – 16/07/2012

HTF went to the Shadows Chasing Ghosts album launch party. Check out what we thought here!

Band: Shadows Chasing Ghosts
Support: Floods, Hildamay
Venue: Barfly, London
Date: 16/07/2012

Tonight’s line up is a delight for fresh UK talent and features three highly anticipated bands to enter the music scene as of late. It’s a surprise they are playing such a small venue, never mind not selling it out.

First up is the latest band to sign to Small Town Records, Floods. Singer James Power commands the floor but the sadly unresponsive crowd keep their distance. Even with James screaming in some of their faces the crowd don‘t wake up. The band’s banter falls on deaf ears but the music certainly doesn’t. The vocals of Joe Page, combined with some fine instrumentals, complement the raw element in James’ voice. Airing tracks which will feature on their debut album, it is a perfect showcase of their talents. Floods are raw and with a pleasantly chaotic nature are ones to keep an eye on. It surely won’t be all that long before it’s them headlining venues like these.

Second up tonight are Hildamay who certainly live up to the hype surrounding them and their fast-paced high energy music lifts the participation levels of the audience right up. The heavy intro sees the band jumping around and Tim Lawrence bounds across the stage, trying to incite a pit in the small venue, climbing up and grappling the hanging speakers. He is becoming one of the must see frontmen in the business. Their jagged take on contemporary rock is filled with throaty vocals and buzzing riff-packed guitars and each and every song is powerful and packed with a punch.

As the band of the evening flaunt their way onto the stage, it’s clear a large majority of the audience are here purely for Shadows Chasing Ghosts as the venue quickly fills to the brim and people squash closer to listen intently. With the fantastic acoustics of a small venue every track hits hard and bites deep. Combining guitarist Matt Jones’ melodic singing with frontman Trey Tremain’s deep screamo voice, they seem to have the perfect combination. Tonight is both a showcase and a celebration for the band’s latest album ‘Lessons’ as the band blast through track after track of pure energy. With no lull in the set or even time for a breather, front man Trey Tremain is a natural, getting the crowd to jump around, scream and sing the lyrics all at the right moments: the crowd are truly won over.

Tonight is certainly a special night: three great British bands, and three powerful sets.


Reviewer: Rhian Westbury

Photos: (c) Nathan Dainty –

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