We headed down to every local’s favourite, The Vic, for an indie kids dream of a line-up, boasting talent that covers all aspects of the bouncy indie genre that we love.
First up for us was Break Glass To Open, who we recently wrote a radar piece on (for our latest issue), and we were rather excited to hear them live!
Great start to their set with ‘Your Embrace’, a track from their new release, which bought high-spirited guitar riffs and a bouncy sound that the crowd loved from the go. Sandwiched between upbeat tracks- a slower song engages a softer approach that had crowds swaying leading up to that demanding drum beat that saw them clapping before commencing a catchy and high energy chorus. Their set got the crowd of teenagers moving and singing their hearts out to every track.
Including that ever so infectious and catchy chorus that you’ll find in ‘X2’- that had even me singing along! All eyes on the harmony from the bassist and guitarist, pushing a fuller sound, not only is this a standout track recorded but it’s brilliant and feel good live too!
It’s obvious these guys have a sound that engages with an audience, their newer tracks seem to shine through with a more perfected dynamic- but overall a great set with high energy throughout which kicked off our night dreamily and paved the way for Misfires.
Misfires opens with the high energy and incredibly popular ‘Going Out’ that boasted a lively atmosphere and almost instantly the crowd were singing along- front man Matt needn’t try, it’s obvious these guys were hardcore fans that knew every word off by heart. The chorus exploded and along with it a room full of kids jumping and clapping religiously- it was insane.
As girls in matching outfits, glitter and Misfires merch surrounded me, all singing their hearts out, sweat soaked from dancing and screaming their love for the band, the incredible realization of how big these guys were getting sunk in. You almost forgot you were at your local venue- with members of the audience climbing eachothers shoulders, guys falling to sides to recover from their ‘mosh injuries’, and with all eyes fixed solely on the band it was like you were at a 02 Academy where your favourite band was playing… absolute teenage carnage.
Repetitive catchy lyrics and bouncy energy throughout make these guys an easy feel good fix. That memorable circa waves influenced guitar kicked off- bringing the start of ‘22’, melodic and powerful with the lyrics “it’s fine, it’s fine, you’re only acting 22” that were left stuck in my head all night. It’s fair to say the energy surged for this indie anthem.
Continuing with ‘Come on Over’ and ‘Indie Kids’ that followed with consistently bouncy sound and raw vocals. A dance-y rhythm and exploding energy saw the crowds battling on the floor for space to jump- as somehow even more people joined the venue. The band at this point gave permission for people to join them on stage- and the girls certainly didn’t miss this chance to get even closer to the band (understandably it was short lived) but it just shows what these boys are all about. Breaking the rules to show thier appreciation for their fans. Also taking the chance to show love for their support with a chant for “Kevin and the vandals” that broke out! Reactions like this made it easy for the night to fly by and before you knew it they were onto their last song, ‘Tonight’ that started with a clap along and had all ages dancing to this upbeat and perfectly place track. That full energetic sound eased out slightly before punching in with twice as much energy for that last time. The end of their set saw a room of sweaty and thrilled teenagers head straight to the merch table for photos and 1-1 time with the band members.
It’s so good to see how far these guys have come from their early days when we saw them perform Folly Fest to now; packing out the Vic with a loyal and excited fan base who clearly worshipped these boys. We are big fans of their material and live- these guys always exceed our high expectations.
These guys have worked hard to get themselves to where they are, and are stepping up majorly in the scene, having recently supported The Sherlocks on some of their tour dates. Their passion is clear throughout their music and we only see bigger things coming their way!
Photos by Courtney Brock