#EventSpeaks: Marianas Trench @ The Haunt, Brighton – 13/05/17


   

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On Saturday 13th May 2017, Marianas Trench arrived in Brighton to conclude their tour around the UK and the band blew me away. With support from Club Drive, the evening was full of fun, laughter and much dancing.


Club Drive

Club Drive were an excellent support band – they have a unique blend of pop, funk and rock that sure know how to pack a punch on the stage. They captivated the audience well and really got them pumped for Marianas Trench. It was clear to see just why the BBC Introducing team have decided to add their song, ‘Spare Time’ to their playlists.

Highlight:

  • The fact that the band really knew how to get the crowd warmed up and had everyone jumping.
  • When Josh (from Marianas Trench) came on stage to give the band drinks to down was brilliant.

Marianas Trench

The band’s set began with the blasting of Michael Jackson‘s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ which got the audience dancing their socks off right away. As the song drew to a close, the band took to the stage with their album opener, ‘Astoria’. Josh was dressed with a hood up so you couldn’t see his face. Part way through the opening song, he whipped back the hood to a rapturous applause from the crowd. It was instantly clear that this lead singer knew just how to work a crowd.

The audience was also one of the most diverse-looking crowds I’ve ever seen at a show – you had a blend of older rocker types; younger scene kids; geeks; even trendy folk – they are evidently a band for misfits and that can’t be a bad thing.

The set just produced hit after hit and had the audience going crazy throughout. Everyone danced and sung their hearts out, knowing the lyrics to every song.

The between-song banter was great too – Josh expressed his gratitude and shock at how the audiences throughout the tour have been so supportive and known so much of their music despite very little promotion over here.

Highlights:

  • Josh’s vocals were so spot-on – he demonstrated really impressive control over his voice and the sheer power he has is remarkable.
  • The interaction with the crowd was great and you could see just how pleased the band were to have such a supportive and loving fanbase.
  • The Haunt has a massive pillar on one side of the stage which was blocking out Matt but the jokes about it were fantastic – Josh told the crowd Matt suggested putting two iPads on either side of the pillar and FaceTiming between them so the crowd could see him.
  • All the fans knew that during the song ‘One Love’ they were to produce paper hearts with the song title written on and hold them up – it’s one of those great moments that only a band and their fans know about. True fan loyalty.
  • Josh getting the fans to do some impressive vocal acrobatics was hilarious – he taught them how to vocally warble before getting carried away but at the same time demonstrated just how diverse his vocals are.
  • Josh’s rather camp and extroverted gestures are brilliant to behold – he’s such a good frontman.
  • When Matt and Mike took lead vocals on the track ‘This Means War’.
  • Josh taking time to do a solo performance to really draw the crowd in to his world.
  • Club Drive returning the favour and rushing the stage to tip shots down the band’s throats. Josh then responded mid-song by singing about how gross the shot was, was genius.

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 Setlist

Astoria
Yesterday
Celebrity Status
Burning Up
All To Myself
Here’s To The Zeros
One Love
This Means War (Matt and Mike on Lead Vocals)
Desperate Measures
Fallout
Stutter
Pop 101
Who Do You Love*
Cross My Heart

Encore
Good To You (Josh Ramsay Solo Performance)
Haven’t Had Enough
End Of An Era

This song can be viewed in the YouTube video, below.


Finally, I want to say a big thanks to Steve from EMMS Publicity for hooking me up to review this show and thanks to Marianas Trench for putting on such an amazing live show; you guys were awesome!

Matt – Muzik Speaks
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#EventSpeaks: Walking On Cars @ Concorde 2, Brighton – 06/06/16


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In support of their debut album release, Everything This Way, at the beginning of the year, Walking On Cars have embarked on a UK tour to promote the album. Part of the tour saw the band come to Brighton to play a show at the Concorde 2, with support from Will Joseph Cook.


Will Joseph Cook

Will Joseph Cook took to the stage at 8pm and honestly kept me entertained throughout his entire performance…I know this as I didn’t check my phone once! Over the many years I’ve been attending shows, I’ve come to not expect too much from support acts, but Will really took me by surprise.

Hailing from Tunbridge Wells, Will has been crafting his sound and touring relentlessly. He’s got an interesting blend of indie, pop and synths to make for a great sound.

The band perform incredibly well too; they’re so tight and their harmonies are remarkable – I strongly recommend watching this guy perform, I knew none of his music before but am definitely going to be checking it out now!

Highlights: The incredible harmonies made by the band members, alongside Will’s unique voice and getting the chance to meet Will after the show.

Will Joseph Cook – ‘Streets Of Paris’


Walking On Cars

Walking On Cars really were quite something! I had heard the majority of their album prior to the evening and am already a fan, but attending their show made me realise just how much of a following they’ve been gathering.

The show was already upgraded to a bigger venue, to allow more people to get in and the passion and energy given off from the crowd was immense. Just about every lyric was chanted in unison with the band, but what made it all the more special, was the vast age range present – they truly are a band who have something to offer everyone.

One thing I realised, whilst watching them perform, is just how much lead singer, Patrick, sounds like Charlie Simpson…or is that just me?! Still, he has a fantastically diverse and powerful, yet effortless voice.

The band were super professional and polished; a real pleasure to behold! It felt like I was watching a band like The Script, Scouting For Girls or Coldplay in their earlier years, on the rise to uber fame! I hope these guys get there soon too; they deserve it!

Highlights:

  • The tight, in-sync performance of all the band members.
  • The fact that all the members offer vocals to the songs.
  • Patrick’s almost-cringey, yet captivating dancing.
  • Super-catchy songs!
  • The way they perform their songs, longer and with fan interaction…it made the crowd seem like a sixth member of the band!

Walking On Cars @ Concorde 2, Brighton – 06/06/16


This whole evening was just great fun – I left feeling elated and am grateful to have been able to attend!

Thanks so much to Walking On Cars and Kat for putting me on the guest list, so we could come and do this review! Keep up the great work guys; you guys are definitely destined for big things!

Matt – Muzik Speaks
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#EventSpeaks: Patent Pending @ The Haunt, Brighton – 04/04/16

Here’s our review of the incredibly talented, energetic and fun, Patent Pending’s show in Brighton.


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On Monday 4th April 2016, I was given the great opportunity to see Patent Pending perform at The Haunt in Brighton, and they were “off da hook” incredible…as usual! The support was Boy Jumps Ship.


The VIP Treatment

I was lucky enough to attend the pre-show VIP experience which honours Patent Pending’s fans with a private, acoustic performance of some of their songs, alongside a meet and greet, photos with the band and even some free merchandise!

It was a unique experience and really does treat the fans to something extraordinary and rewarding! The band then hung around to chat to their devoted “Second Family” (Patent Pending’s fans) and really did make it an exceptional occasion – I was honoured to be a part of it and witness just how dedicated to their fans they are, as the fans are to them!


Boy Jumps Ship

This 4-piece took to the stage and warmed the crowd up a treat, performing a whole range of songs, including their recent single, Burn.

The quartet were powerful performers and took time to promote their upcoming debut album, Wake Up, which is released on April 22nd 2016!

Highlight: The powerful vocals of the lead singer and the great sound they’ve created!


Patent Pending

Where to start with Patent Pending…they’re just amazing!

Since discovering them, when they supported Zebrahead back in November 2015, I have been captivated by Patent Pending! They’re a huge amount of fun and their energy is just immense; it truly is on another level!

The band took to the stage with intensity, ‘Started In My Head’ which chants, “Here we, here we, here we f**king go!”, which had the crowd in the palm of their hands, instantly! They rolled, from there, straight into Let Go, which is just a huge amount of fun – especially when accompanied by Joe’s crazy-cool dancing! The show went on with hilarious moments, both old and new songs and even some emotional moments for Joe.

The Second Family are incredibly devoted too, to the point where some of them turned up in Mario, Princess Peach and Wario costumes and they are always part of the in-jokes and treated just like their name, a second family! One fan, Glen, was brought on stage for a song, which resulted in some hilarious consequences (see the video of ‘The Whisky, The Liar, The Thief’ below).

To tell you how awesome this band are live, is just an impossible task – they have to be seen to be fully appreciated! Coming from a relatively new fan of the band, knowing all their songs doesn’t matter, they just put on an amazing show and make you a part of their vision and their world, for the duration of their set.

This band has many things to offer live; good fun, great music, high energy, comedy, crazy dancing, Super Mario jumps and more! I urge anyone who hasn’t seen them, to do whatever it takes to get a ticket to a show…they’re just f**king AWESOME!

Highlights:

  • Joe’s ability to capture an audience with quick wit and crazy antics.
  • Joe’s awesome crowd swimming – complete with armbands and goggles!
  • Glen (a fan) coming on stage and attempting the Dirty Dancing lift…but in fact dropping Joe!
  • Rob and Marc doing some awesome dance routines!
  • Mario, Wario and Princess Peach on stage!
  • Joe’s awesome Mario jump!

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All of these photos are credited to Elliot McRae (an awesome, upcoming photographer!) – @EMcraePhoto


 Setlist

Started In My Head*
Let Go*
I Already Know (She Don’t Give a Shit About Me)
Valentine (Abridged Version)
Riot Hearts Rebellion
Psycho In Love*
Last Time That I Saw You
The Whisky, The Liar, The Thief (with snippet of ‘I Will Always Love You’)*
We’re Freakin’ Out (Map To Tahiti)
Spin Me Around*
Classic You*
Six Feet
Therefore, I Party
One Less Heart To Break*
Hey Mario*

Encore
Brighter*
Douchebag*

These songs can be viewed in the YouTube playlist, below.


Finally, I want to say an absolutely HUGE thanks to Patent Pending for putting me on the guest-list, so I could come and do this review and interview!

Check out our interview with Joe Ragosta, backstage at the venue –> here.

Matt – Muzik Speaks
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