LIVE: Sonic Boom Six, The LaFontaines, Under The Influence, Collisions – Audio, Brighton 10/02/2013
If you’re going to go outside to brave high winds, pouring rain and shivering temperatures it is usually for a good reason. What better than a night of loud, in your face music that crosses a multitude of musical boundaries, and is played by some of the UK’s best underground and emerging talent? It seemed like plenty of other people were of the same opinion tonight and Brighton’s Audio venue was busy right from the start… a testament perhaps to the interest surrounding this evening’s opening band Collisions.
Collisions aren’t exactly new to being written about in these pages and in truth there isn’t much to add since their last review from a few weeks ago when they supported The Algorithm. Their Rap imbued and Metal driven Drum n Bass blend is still as infectious as ever with the live instruments packing some serious power to accompany the atmospheric sample soundscapes layered beneath. They are still one of the most energetic bands on the scene and still seem incapable of putting on anything less than a BIG performance.
Up next was the first of the touring bands, Under The Influence. It’s never the easiest of slots to play on a club tour. The audience often consists largely of fans of the headliners, with most of the remaining there for the main support and the local openers. Of course, it’s all about increasing the fanbase, and thanks to the rap/rock compatibility between these bands and the fact that Under The Influence have a lot of quality about them it didn’t take long for the crowd to get on their side. There was a new look to the band too. They have recently gained a guitarist called ‘Lauren’, leaving frontman ‘Murph’ to concentrate solely on mic duties. It’s a wise move. It always seemed unnatural seeing a guitarist rap. The band now makes far more sense visually and it also means Murph is able to jump around and roam the stage with more freedom. They started with their older track ‘Caught in the Crossfire’ and worked a high impact set towards an excellent ‘Kings & Cretins’ off the latest album to finish. Overall, a focused display of guitar power, and plenty of streetwise attitude.
Some of you will have seen the X-Factor (UK) I’m sure. If so, you’ll have heard the bloke who does the “It’s time to face… THE MYOOZACK” voiceover. Well, he also does the introduction recording for tonight’s main support , The LaFontaines. It was a fun start to their set which brought the crowd forward to the security barrier in anticipation. ‘Light Up The Background’ opened the set , with frontman Kerr OKan still wearing the same jacket as in the video. To be expected, as a dancey, hip-hoppy rock band their live sound is very polished but it does have just enough bite to keep the live feel strong and not too clinical. It was loud and the band were as-tight-as… and by now, it was all the encouragement this up-for-it crowd needed to start moving. The prominent Scottish accent of Kerr OKan gave his rapping a strong identity and the excellently sung backing vocals lifted every chorus. Make no mistake – The LaFontaines are a VERY good band. This party had definitely started.