Image by Tom Hoad
There was something incredibly satisfying about seeing the self-styled alt. rockers back on their home turf. The boys’ smiles and the crowd’s reaction showed clearly that they were home, and home was pleased to have them.
In 2011, Boy Jumps Ship were given the privilege of sharing the stage with the Futureheads and Little Comets and being named as ‘ones to watch’ by Rock Sound. Now it seems Rock Sound has been vindicated, and up and coming bands are keen to share the stage with them.
Amongst their special guests this evening Dalaro shone through in particular. Their style has a poppy, Kygo-esque beat underneath, pulsated with the energy one would expect from a support act whose job it is to rile up the crowd for the main event. Thankfully preventing themselves from becoming just another rock band composed of rebels without a cause, these boys should one day soon have a stage to themselves and for me, are the new ones to watch.
Boy Jumps Ship didn’t fail to impress with their signature big and energetic sound, filled with strong, harsh, almost angry guitars and powerful percussion topped only by the velvet smokiness of lead vocalist Si Todd’s voice. Indeed their real ability as a band, shepherded by Todd’s voice, sets them apart in the alt. rock scene, with the boys singing rather than shouting (as can sometimes be the temptation) along to distinctive and different melodies with powerful and audible lyrics, and it’s refreshing to see a really different style of rock band who have resisted the temptation to become just like any other. Glad to have you home boys.