Opening the show are Australian quartet The Faim. Despite the majority of the crowd not knowing who they are as they took to the stage, the quartet show their promise and the reason why not only Australia but the entirety of the world who have heard of them are raving about them. With a frontman who shows echoes of Creeper‘s Will Ghould’s showmanship, especially on the Guildhall’s insanely small stage, commanding the crowd from the first few seconds of the set. For a quartet who have only released two singles and prior to this tour had not played outside Perth, the set, which features the aforementioned singles Midland Line and Saints Of The Sinners as well as a whole host of new tracks including Make Believe, which is currently only available on the download you can get from the and’s merch table (seriously do it). Sonically The Faim are brilliant, providing some huge alt-rock tracks that have you dancing around to some of the most exciting music released this year. If the band commanded the crowd to jump, they jumped, wanted arms in the air, arms were in the air. If you’re a fan of the likes of Panic! At The Disco then this is a band you need to get into because they will be big. Mark my words!
Lower Than Atlantis take to the stage to a rapture of cheers and truly blow the roof off Gloucester’s Guildhall. There’s a mix of old and new tracks, circle pits and even Mikey calling for chants of “Milf Teeth” about Milk Teeth‘s drummer’s mum. Mikey even goes so far as to call out (jokingly or not) someone in the crowd who had touched him, saying that if it was the other way around, he’d get done for it. As Mikey takes to the centre of the pit for a track after calling for a circle pit and then returning to the centre of the crowd, making everyone sit down for a beautiful rendition of Another Sad Song that left everyone with goosebumps. LTA also turn the time into a drinking game, picking out people in the crowd to down their drinks before each band member in turn joined in. There is also an encouragement to crowdsurf and throughout the entire set, the entirety of the crowd are receptive and eating out of the palm of the band’s hands. It’s not the first time I’ve seen Lower Than Atlantis live but it is by far the best I’ve seen them!