Opening up the show are pop-punkers Homebound! Their guitars are very Neck Deep-esque, and for most of the first half of the set, it is hard to hear the vocals but after a quick technical issue break, we get down to business with easy to hear and pretty good vocals. They are very energetic and, pretty unusual for an opening act, get the first stage divers and crowd surfers of the night.
American pop-punks Broadside take to the stage and there’s more technical issues, leading the band to start talking about the castle across the road and joking how their American instruments couldn’t handle British power. When they finally got underway, it was as if they never had any issues to start with! They powered through like true professionals, continued the energy and set the bar high. The vocals during Laps Around A Picture Frame are nothing short of pure and beautiful.
Trash Boat take to the stage following a hip-hop intro. This isn’t the first time the band have played at Clwb, which frontman Tobi Duncan remembers, and mentions how the last time, they played to about 10 people in the downstairs room. I can assure you, there were a lot more than 10 there tonight! While those 10 from the previous time seemed to be in the audience (ourselves included), those who weren’t there to witness that show got to see something very special as the pop-punks were on top form! There was a varied set list that included fan-favourites Perspective and Eleven as well as newer tracks from their debut album like Catharsis, The Guise Of A Mother and How Selfish I Seem. There’s more crowd surfing and the crowd seem to enjoy the set just as much as the band who don’t stay still the entire time!
Aside from the technical issues, it’s a great night and a reminder that the pop-punk scene is going strong.