After Sioux Falls showed up on our radar last month, we were really excited to hear that their debut EP ‘All Talk Is Small Talk’ would be released very soon, and we were even more excited to finally catch this pop-punk four piece live at their EP promo show! And of course they were supported by strong line up of ridiculously talented bands!
The first band that we caught were Spilt Milk favourites – Ten Tombs! Lets face it, these guys always sound amazing. Each track is strong and gripping with their raw, grunge-tinged sound and a lot of character. Even without a pre-written set list, these boys powered through a mix of tracks effortlessly, including EP tracks as well as a couple of new ones! They ended the set on old much-loved ‘Demons’, which sounded as great as ever! With excellent, sharp guitar riffs and a big sound, Ten Tombs always deliver an amazing set!
Next to take to the 2pigs stage were a band that Spilt Milk hasn’t caught before, and we are slightly saddened that we hadn’t seen them until now, because now we are enlightened! Perfectly pop-punk and Swindon based – As The Sun Sleeps! They brought a fantastic energy to the stage, which had the audience bouncing along with them. We really like As The Sun Sleeps, they obviously know what they’re doing, performing a tight set and they clearly have a great chemistry between them. A stand out track for us was ‘Nostalgia’ – a pop-punk anthem about growing up. It’s fast paced with catchy hooks and group backing vocals of “ooh-ooh-ooh-oooooh”, which had the crowd singing back at the band! It definitely made us feel nostalgic for being young and listening to bands like Jimmy Eat World and Sum 41 amongst others… They performed a great set and now we’re hooked!
Floorboards were next, and they were incredible! This Cheltenham based four piece give a fantastic blend of emo and post-hardcore sounds for a captivating show. Their tracks vary from fast paced and energetic to stripped back and raw with passionate vocals that draw you in. We are definitely hooked on these guys and are desperate to hear more and catch a gig again soon.
The headliner Sioux Falls were really who we were all there to see! The room filled with fans and friends as the atmosphere buzzed with anticipation for Sioux Falls to enter the stage.Despite there not being a lot of material from these boys online yet, they have built up quite a following from the sheer amount of gigs that they have been playing.
All tracks from the upcoming ‘All Talk Is Small Talk’ were on the set list tonight mixed in with a few very well executed covers including ‘Growing Pains’ – Neck Deep, ‘Cherry’ – Mooseblood and ‘Dammit’ – Blink 182. These tracks had the audience singing along and kept their interest throughout the set. The band clearly has excellent chemistry that translates in their music and stage presence. Halfway through the set came a few acoustic tracks, performed by Callum alone, and creating a connection with the crowd. Overall the band played a very well constructed set with a lot of energy! One of the standout tracks for us was the first single off the EP –‘I Fell Faster’. It has a great rhythm to it and strong, emotional lyrics that are relatable to the audience. This one is sure to get stuck in your head! Check it out online now!
Overall it was a fantastic night with an array of very talented local bands! It has left us in anticipation for the release of ‘All Talk Is Small Talk’, which is bound to have great success. We feel like this has only scratched the surface of Sioux Falls and we can’t wait to hear more from them!
Sioux Falls played;
-In the Back of My Room
-I Fell Faster
-Heart and Home
-That’s How It Seems To Me
Photos: Courtney Brock