After announcing they would be returning to the UK and Europe for a run of big shows, Texans Waterparks confirmed they would be bringing friend and fellow American musician De’Wayne Jackson to open the shows for them, much to the joy of many fans. Although many people didn’t appear to know his music particularly well, the energy was infectious. It’s a rare treat to see a support act grab the attention of such a big room so effectively. Jackson spoke openly about current social issues such as police brutality in the United States and was met with massive cheers in support of change and solidarity.
Opening the show with two quintessential Waterparks anthems, ‘Watch What Happens Next’ and ‘Blonde’ injected sugary sweet energy to every fan in the room. SWG3, the venue for the evening, plastered strict “no crowdsurfing” and mosh pit safety signs around the room but they were quickly disregarded by frontman Awsten Knight as he encouraged fans to open up pits and launch themselves up in the air.
Playing mostly songs from their latest release ‘FANDOM’ and their 2018 album ‘Entertainment’, the band broke the set up by playing a mash-up of what you could call “older songs”, touching on their debut album ‘Double Dare’. Interrupted by a rowdy crowd with playful heckles directed at the band members, it is clear the band know their fan base incredibly well, and the onstage banter is launched straight back with no hesitation. Before slowing down for some acoustic goodness, Knight encourages the crowd to “boo Mark Zuckerberg” and of course, without any hesitation, everyone in the room, happily boos Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.
Returning to the city after almost two years, there is a very obvious maturity in the band and an honesty with their music that came with releasing ‘FANDOM‘ last year; closing the show with the first single from that record, ‘Turbulent‘. To summarise an explosive night with one of the best bands in the alternative music scene in only a few words would be an insult.
Waterparks are currently on tour across the UK and Mainland Europe, here’s where to catch them:
JANUARY 27 – BIRMINGHAM Institute 29 – MANCHESTER Academy 2 30 – MANCHESTER Academy 2
01 – LONDON Electric Ballroom 02 – LONDON Electric Ballroom 04 – KÖLN Luxor 05 – MUNICH Feierwerk 07 – AMSTERDAM Melkweg 08 – HAMBURG Logo 09 – COPENHAGEN Pumpehuset 11 – OSLO Parkteateret 12 – STOCKHOLM Klubben
Following the release of their third studio album ‘Pressure’ just months ago, it was expected Wage War would soon take a trip across to the UK and mainland Europe, and they did not disappoint.
Eager fans finally got to hear new songs live, opening with “Who I Am” was met with an incredibly positive reaction, and possibly some of the biggest mosh pits that G2 has ever seen. Mixing classics such as “The River” with their most recent singles “Grave” and “Low” created the perfect set list for older and newer fans.
Vocalist and frontman Briton Bond exclaimed that not only was Glasgow the best date of their European run so far but one of the best shows the band have played since they formed in 2010.
Wage War are still on tour in Europe until the end of the month, check the band’s official site for tickets to a show near you.
SWG3’s smallest room The Poetry Club filled quickly with a wide range of fans of YouTube musician Bry. Opener and close friend of Bry, Dave Giles delved into songs and stories so elegantly, tying each tale into the first chords of every song. Slotting some witty remarks and educating the young crowd about astronaut Eugene Cernan, before a perfect segue into his song ‘The Last Man on the Moon‘. His set was memorable, and his album ‘Tennessee and 48th‘ is worth a spin if you like intelligent songwriting and catchy choruses.
Bry followed with the same principle, weaving his discography and his personal life together with ease, drawing laughs with stories he decided to only share with the buzzing Glasgow crowd ranging from his battle with mental health issues to a scary ex-girlfriend. People wiped away the tears of their friends during fan-favourite ‘Adventure Time‘ and bounced along to ‘Disarm‘. It was an intimate gig, feeling more like a gathering of close friends, as fans old and new jeered and cracked jokes throughout the night.
Bry is currently still on tour, and we highly recommend you get down to a show if possible. Check out the remaining dates below and get your tickets here!
Fans of the band Counterfeit. flooded into underground venue Stereo last Friday night, eager to see the band perform prior to the release of their debut album,Together We Are Stronger.
Opening band Tigress took to the stage after exploring the venue, helping to sell their own merchandise and interacting with fans. Previously known as The Hype Theory for five years, the quintet from Chelmsford, England hadn’t played a show in Glasgow in about a year, and with an updated catalogue of singles expectations were high. They kicked their set off with “Alive,” the first track off their debut EP, Human. The band has truly grown and matured from the pop rock style of their Hype Theory days, and this new stadium rock sound is transcendent. Singer Katy Jackson is out to show that girls in rock music are a force to be reckoned with. Tigress closed their lively set with a new single, “Give Me a Chance” from their latest EP Like It Is, which is out now.
Smoke machines were tested in preparation for Counterfeit.’s grand entrance and as expected, the cheers of the crowd intensified as the house lights dimmed.The band burst onto the tightly packed stage and jumped straight into the first song of the set “Washed Out,” the opening track of Together We Are Stronger, an appropriate choice of song with its heavy punk rock vibes; it was the perfect song to kick off the bands stellar performance. Lead singer Jamie Campbell Bower, who doubles as an actor and can been seen in movies such as Sweeney Todd and the Twilight films, brought no pretentiousness of being a celebrity to the stage, and no one seemed intimidated by his fame. Counterfeit. is a perfect example of the UK’s ever growing rock, punk and alternative scene. Halfway through their set, the crowd was sweating and the air was warm. The band is certainly making their mark in the United Kingdom and Europe and they’re just about to finish off this tour.
The famous Glaswegian venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is possibly the beating heart of this city’s music scene. Any other bar or venue would be quiet on a relatively mild Tuesday night in April, but this small venue is bustling with fans of the American pop-punk band, Patent Pending. There is an indescribable atmosphere in the queue, half an hour before doors open there is a sense of family in the air. It is evident that this band is making more than just music.
First on stage was Sheffield-based pop punchers Sweet Little Machine. They warmed the crowd up fast with their high-energy performance. By including the ever-growing crowd in a singalong, people were being won over left and right. It is very clear that this band is destined for great things and may be the new face of the UK pop-punk scene. Sweet Little Machine’s EP War is available online now.
Eternal Boy took to the stage shortly after and the atmosphere in the room doubled. The Pittsburgh rockers shared their experiences of the tour so far, and appeared relaxed and at home onstage. Their witty sense of humor matched the famous Glasgow banter as the crowd heckled responses. After playing some original songs, Eternal Boy switched it up with a cover of blink-182’s ‘What’s My Age Again?’ which got the sweaty crowd going even more. All in all, they too were well received as well as a pleasure to photograph.
The vivacity of the crowd intensified as the backdrop was changed to a Stranger Thingsinspired logo before Patent Pending came onstage. The theme song of the Netflix show was played as the lights dimmed and the smoke machines were put to use. Patent Pending flew straight into “Little Miss Impossible” with an unfathomable amount of passion as lead singer Joe Ragosta launched himself over the barrier to crowd surf. After posing for a few photos and scaling the length of the photo pit, the pop punk legends burst out fan favorites such as “Psycho in Love,” “The Whiskey, The Liar, The Thief,” and “Let Go.” The band’s upcoming release Other People’s Greatest Hits is due to be released on May 26th 2017, but you can grab a copy at shows on their current tour.