Walking up to the Birmingham O2 Academy, even a couple of hours before the doors open, teenagers in American Apparel hoodies, hoods up, form a queue stretching out along the path. The average age being 16, it is apparent that some pop-punk heroes are present in Birmingham tonight.
Friday, 1 October 2010
Mayday Parade are a 5-piece from Tallahassee, Florida. Only a few days after their UK release of their latest album, 'Anywhere But Here', they set off on a UK tour with The Maine, starting in sunny Birmingham. We caught up with frontman Derek Sanders to see how everything's been going.
Friday, 23 July 2010
The University of Cardiff’s Student Union bar seems the perfect setting to perform a seven-year-old album, as most of the crowd tonight are in their late teens and early twenties. 'Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation' was likely the soundtrack to the teen years of everyone in the venue tonight, and faces are glowing with anticipation of what is to come.
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Your Demise are the perfect band to kick off tonight’s show. Bounding onstage full of energy, they don’t let up for one second during their set, and as the ABC begins to fill up to capacity it is clear to see why they have become so popular suddenly. Front man Ed McRae is perfect in getting the crowd moving and really puts on a show. The band mainly play songs from current album 'Ignorance Never Dies', which shows Ed’s character as he didn’t even sing on the album. They play one new song, which excites their fan base here for what the future holds for Your Demise. Based on tonight’s performance they can only go from strength to strength.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Due to unbelievable queuing times, Between The Buried and Me's set is missed, but from what can be heard outside, and from the unhappy sounds the punters are making, the fact that they didn't interact with the crowd and played a full set without breaks, doesn't go down well. From past experience BTBAM have always been a Marmite band, a case of love or hate.
It's not even time to open the doors to the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton and Cobra Starship front man Gabe Saporta is already outside greeting those waiting in line. The funny thing is, if you look further down the line, you can see a dozen more 'Gabe's' happily chatting away with groups of fans. No wonder the small hoards of teenage girls look so hopeful when another look-a-like joins the back of the line. Maybe next time girls.