All Time Low @ Hammersmith Apollo
March 13, 2017 |
As I arrive to the venue, I find a queue zig-zagged, and stretched over a 10 minute walk away from the venue itself to find the end of it, like waiting for the opening of a huge festival, as my mind wonders how the hell all these people will fit in such a space. As you move closer to the entrance you start to notice that people haven't only been here since mid-day, but may have in fact been that crazy to of spent the night before outside the venue, with a handful of sleeping bags and blankets ditched outside the venue.
45 minutes after the doors have opened, Waterparks take to the stage and you can't help but feel sorry for them as half the crowd are still in the queue outside. Made In America is the opening song, which as excited as I was to hear, the quality of the mix was diabolical, especially the vocals being muffled and unclear. Maybe it's due to the room still filling and the sound resonating around the room, or the curse of the support acts not getting the same special treatment as the headliners are given. Regardless of the sound, the band still put on a great show with many people singing along, raising their arms in in sync with the lyrics. After a short 6 song set of injustice, this should not reflect on their record.
Following this, we hope for a vast improvement and someone to have taken over the person in charge of sound, as SWMRS take to the stage with twin spotlights, a punky spirit track kicks in and evidently the sound has been reviewed. After talking about the fascist world and for us all to think for ourselves, he explains the next song is about Miley Cyrus as hands sway from left to right towards the front of the barrier, although in the long run of the set, the crowd seem to be saving all their true energy for the headliner, and seems like Waterparks would have been more successful for the main support.