With a career that is six albums deep, it’s pretty surprising Queens, NY’s Bayside have yet to embark on a UK headline tour. That is, until now. This current run sees the band pushing the ‘White Edition’ of last years’ ‘Cult’’ LP as well as celebrating their 15th anniversary.
Brighton up-and-comers Tigercub open the evening with their brand of old school-infused rock. From the outset their style, bass-heavy with sharp guitars, is delivered with a slight swagger. Like most opening bands, the in-between song interaction is awkward, adding to the lacklustre atmosphere. As their set moves on, ‘You’ sees the trio hint at a more grunge-pop sound. However, it’s not enough to get a reaction from the growing crowd and their set rounds off with a whimper. (2/5)
Southampton gloom punks Creeper are the main support and having built a strong following over the past 12 months, tonight is a good opportunity to prove their worth. The quintet from the start are energetic and come off confidently with frontman Will Gould leading the way. Last year’s EP is showcased in a strong light with ‘Groom’ being an early highlight whilst a newer song, ‘The Honeymoon Suite’ thrives with urgency before recent “single” ‘VCR’ keeps up the momentum. Ending with ‘Novena’ with its winding, atmospheric guitars allowing Gould’s vocals to stand out. You get the feeling the majority of the crowd aren’t impressed. On the other hand, I was. A short yet effective set that left me wanting to hear new material from Creeper ASAP. (4/5)