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.