Having previously been compared to the likes of Jeff Buckley, Maccabees, Foals and Kings of Leon, tonights gig was something I was most certainly looking forward to.
With ‘So Long Forever’ dropping late 2016, the band have had some fantastic reviews after bursting on to the scene in 2014 with their debut EP ‘Lost in the Night’.
In the past 3 years, the London four-piece have been hard at work with tours, recording new music and in true form, sticking to their roots producing some of the most beautiful music.
Talking to FOTF last month (March 2017) I asked the bands front man Leo, what it was like getting an album released for the first time? he recalls ‘It’s a dream come true. Nothing is more satisfying than writing a tune; working on it with the band and then releasing it into the ether. It’s always exciting to hear the response. Our fans are very positive lovely people and the response we get is always beautiful.’
I also asked which venues he would be looking forward to on this April tour and… “Manchester of course! We always genuinely love coming to your amazing city. It has such a buzz about it and the people are always lovely. We played a sold out Deaf Institute last time and it was epic. Mancunians always bring their A-game to gigs, nice and rowdy and they get into it. We can’t wait to get back there….”
So here we are, the day of the gig the band have been looking forward to. Having been my debut at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge, I must say I was quite looking forward to the show after already knowing its rich musical heritage that includes some impressive Manchester greats such as Courteeners and Charlatans.
Before the show, I had the pleasure of catching up with Will and Matt to discuss how the European tour went and how current UK tour is going:
European tour – must be pretty cool selling out dates outside the UK?
Will: Yeah, its nuts, this was our second headline European tour Matt: Yeah, it’s a great feeling when you sell out somewhere outside the UK, especially when it’s the first time we have been. Will: Yeah, it’s really wicked. Will: Yeah, Spain and Italy – we’ve never been before as a band so we didn’t really know what to expect – Barcelona and Madrid were the first two we sold out – so that was really cool.
Where did you play in Barcelona?
Matt: It was a place on a beautiful square called Sidecar – It’s a really great central location. The square was just so nice.
Some pretty cool festivals In Barcelona too?
Matt: That’s the dream really. We’re still waiting for the call (Laughter)
So, back home for the UK tour – how’s it going?
Will: We started beginning of April in Leicester and we’ve already done Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and here we are in Manchester tonight so yeah…. Leeds was good – cheep beers! (Laughter) It always amazes us how little you have to travel to hear different accents.
What’s it like doing a huge tour like this – does it all become a blur?
Matt: Its really awesome, we always try and remember different places in each town so we know where to go back to (and where not to go back to) Wills really good at remembering different places ie: where we’ve been to eat. Will: Yeah, we’re gathering a pretty good roster now (Laughter) of where to go when we return to a town/city.
I was talking to Leo last month and he mentioned that Manchester is a date on the tour you guys are looking forward to playing again?
Will: Yeah, we played Deaf Institute last year, only in November and it was amazing – the Manchester crowd were great and it made for a memorable gig. Matt: Yeah people were just really in to it. It was f**king great to see man. Will: Scotland too man. The crowd up there were unreal. We had the best time and it’s a beautiful place.
Off the back of all your touring – The album has been received very well?
Matt: Yeah it has, it sounds cheesy but we’ve had so many messages from fans, telling us how much they appreciate our music and how much they connect with it. Will: Yeah, social media has been really cool for fans getting in touch with us. Fans have really bought in to it which has been great for us.
Ahhh that’s cool guys. I’ll let you go, I know you’ll have to get food, sound check and beers out of the way. Looking forward to the gig. Have a good one… Cheers – all the best with the rest of the tour.
The Ruby Lounge, freshly decorated with two new candles, began to fill up nicely. A real mix of ages which was great to see and what turned out to be a pretty jam packed venue.
If you’ve never come across Palace before, I guess you could describe them as quite the chilled indie outfit made up for four really nice lads. You can make the obvious connections to the list bands above however these guys have their own thing going on.
I’ll certainly be keep an eye on Palace. They have been receiving consistent and positive reviews from their beautiful shows. It was great to see their live performance stood up to their recorded music.
Tonights set list consisted of:
Head Above The Water
I Want What You Got
Following dates include:
11th, Liverpool, Buyers Club
12th, Dublin, Whelands
13th, Belfast, Voodoo
18th, Birmingham, Institute
19th, Bristol, Thekla
20th, Cardiff, CLWB Ifor Bach
21st, Oxford, The Bullingdon
25th, Guildford, Boileroom
26th, Reading, Arts Centre
27th, London, Shepherds Bush Empire