October 16, 2017 |

The Flatliners @ The Joiners, Southampton

The Flatliners @ The Joiners, Southampton

October 16, 2017 |

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The task of getting the party started on this Friday night goes to introspective indie-punks Shit Present. They make friends with their largely unfamiliar crowd by peeling out a series of songs that drive slowly towards huge, cathartic choruses. Vocalist Iona Cairns warms the crowd with her powerfully vulnerable melodies whilst the punk rock Duracell bunny that is Thom Weeks lays down some crunchy riffs behind her. A wave of approval washes over them as they exit stage, no doubt ready for a well-deserved can of Red Stripe.

 

Next up it’s the New Jersey indie outfit Prawn, hot off the heels from releasing their third album Run, one might expect a larger crowd than the one that greets these indie-rockers. Undeterred, they unleash a barrage of math-rock inflected emo that threatens the hearing of everyone in the room. This sonic stampede is occasionally punctuated by Tony Clark’s spine-tingling vocals, connecting emotionally with the crowd before another audible slap round the face. It’s a perfectly paced set that never loses the energy required to warm up for a band like The Flatliners, whilst maintaining an abrasive sense of atmosphere.