This gig was in the London club XOYO and it was of three fairly new bands, namely Natives, Don Broco and the headliners Futures. I arrived a few minutes after 8 and unfortunately missed a song or two of Natives’ set, but I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of it.
A little background on the bands:
Natives (formerly Not Advised) are a young band from Southampton who have moved from a slightly more commercial sound when they were Not Advised to a more rocky impression as Natives. I think they have been good under both names, by the way. This performance ignited the crowd more than I expected for the openers, but they were very good. I was a little bit disappointed that they played no Not Advised music, but their new tracks certainly sound promising. Listen to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewrnL0K5KT0
Next up were heavy Bedford rockers Don Broco, who have been around the block for a good few years now without actually releasing a full length album. Unaware of their first EP, I had only previously heard the 2011 release Big Fat Smile, and consequently did not know all of the songs they played. However, their performance was exceptional. I wasn’t expecting them to be so well known by so much of the audience, but it was insane how much energy came into the room as soon as they started playing. The highlight for me was the big single ‘Beautiful Morning’, but I loved every track. The lead singer, Rob Damiani, created him own mosh pit and commanded us all to take part, and then later on, many guys got down to the ground to do press ups – a most bizarre experience but it was great, a very different gig to others I’ve been to.
After much work setting up, Buckinghamshire-born Futures came on, lead by frontman Ant West. Recently separated from their label, the performance started off on a low note, which was disappointing as I love ‘Start a Fire’, which came first. The crowd didn’t really get into the music at this point or for the next few tracks, which was a great shame. Perhaps this was because many of the early songs were from the recently released ‘The Karma Album’. However, as Futures progressed, the crowd got more and more energetic and this was epitomised by the final two tracks that were favourites Sal Paradise and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and the atmosphere erupted. Karma Satellite was performed brilliantly by West also, and he managed to merge Swim Teams and Video Games (by Lana Del Rey), which they’ve covered on a YouTube video, excellently. Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable night, although I have to say I think the show was stolen somewhat by the second support act.