LIVE REVIEW: Fatherson, Boy Jumps Ship @ The Cluny 2, Newcastle (26.02.16) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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It’s Friday night, The Cluny 2 is sold out and there is a buzz in the air. Local lads Boy Jumps Ship take the stage in support of Fatherson, and an animated four piece show they are clearly enjoying themselves.  A hometown audience helps fuel them into a tight and powerful set, their songs a little sugar-free compared to the promise of the headliners. Credit though to a band who hit hard and play hard from first note to last. Tonight they are whip tight and deserve their loyal following. Keen to promote their new album they take us face on with their own version of pop-punk and emo and leave the stage with the audience certainly warmer.

The North East caught on to Fatherson early. Time on the road has been clocking up and we find them on top of their game. The audience respond from the start, to an accomplished polished performance full of all the good things Fatherson do. Impressive new songs have taken things up a level and fit comfortably into a solid impressive set.

Opening with new song Always, it’s a clear indication of the mind-set, confidence and direction they have collectively. Unsurprisingly however, it’s a tried and tested first album that features through most of the evening. Their signature sound combined with almost terrace-like vocal support is a great thing indeed, and tonight they fire out old favourites until the end. Frontman Ross Leighton is polite and personable on stage, fronting a band whose rhythm section take the weight off his shoulders backing up their singer with presence and ability.

For the encore Leighton takes to the stage alone, delicately raising the audience in anticipation of what’s to follow. As the band join him, they rip into I Am An Island and have the people in their palms once again. 2016 promises much for Fatherson, with luck on their side and the ability to keep their ideas original and fresh, venues this size may soon be a thing of the past.


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