The task of opening the evening fell on the shoulders of Brighton based 4-piece, Muskets. Before their set, I was mulling over a pint, about whether I could remember if I had seen them before in a support slot at Tunbridge Wells forum a few years back. My inability to remember whether I had, didn’t fill me with too much confidence before their set. Alas, I was quickly reminded of the band’s incredible prowess. Revelling in their role as the opening act for the evening, Muskets set the room alight. Their opening track, in particular, was punchy, grungy and an all-around monster. There was a vibrancy about their performance that contrasted their long-hair and oversized tees look, which warmed the room. The whole set was littered with commanding riffs which had me thoroughly captivated. I can’t wait to listen to this band more. Big things are coming for Muskets and I am just glad that I have found them so early in their career.
Pærish kicked off their set with a visually satisfying synchronised head bobbing. They skipped through their songs with an energy that paid homage to the different genres that their sound blended. Opening tracks with a hopeful and positive node that showed their indie influence, they built into catchy rock hooks that slapped you in the face and closed songs with ear-shattering hardcore breakdowns. It was interesting for sure. Undone was with without a doubt the highlight of their set. The song has over 4 million streams on Spotify, and after witnessing it live, I can see why. It was infectious and kindly invited you to jump around throughout. The band were very private between their songs and had an awe of professionalism about them. If you do one thing today, treat your ears to some Pærish.
I had been waiting to see Movements, patiently, ever since I gave their debut album, Feel Something, a spin late last year. There is a video I have frequently visited on the internet of the band playing a show at Anaheim’s ‘Chain Reaction’ which had been teasing me for months. The video is incredible, it showcases the band to be a monumental force of live energy, with the crowd having an incredible vivaciousness about them. I knew if the band were to be a tenth as good as they looked on the internet, I was in for an incredibly special evening.
Not only was it Movements’ first ever string of headline shows overseas, but it was their first time performing in the UK in general. Not that you could have guessed that. After spending a few minutes on stage setting up, vocalist Patrick Miranda’s phone in a plastic cup on top of an amp to live stream the opening of the show, the band very humbly strolled into their first song. The set opened with Full Circle, which is the first track from Feel Something. It dragged everyone in the intimate venue violently to the front of the room. The crowd detonated into a sea of sweat and aggressive finger-pointing. London had been waiting for Movements. The band reeled through a series of hits from their full length, including sing-a-longs from Suffer Through, THAT opening, the punchy bassline of Deep Red and the huge lead single Colourblind. However, it was Deadly Dull that reminded me of how lucky I was to be at this show. They dedicated this one to anyone who had lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s or Dementia. The outfit had a genuine passion for playing their music on stage, and this was particularly evident during this song. The whole band was entirely focused, wanting to produce the highest quality music possible.
We were also treated to some of the band’s earlier work from their critically acclaimed EP Outgrown Things. Worst Wishes and Nineteen were, in particular, incredible additions to the evening. The long-time fans of the band melted into screams and fist pumps when they heard the opening chords of these tracks, sending the room into a frenzy. The energy that was sourced from the sing-a-long lyrics of these older songs was unrivalled to anything I have ever witnessed live before. I would never have thought that a room so small could produce so much noise. In reflection of the evening, I can confirm that “stability is not a desk job”. Coupling this with the crowd persuading the band to play Protection, the three years of waiting for their arrival in the UK all seemed to be worth it for the fans.
I must take some time in this review to compliment the bands incredibly tight performance. Miranda’s vocals were carbon copies of their recorded counterparts, if not better. His voice danced easily from its melancholic tones into punchy, elevating screams. The rhythm section of the band also deserves some shine, with Austin Cressey’s work on bass shining particularly brightly. With a few moments of reminiscent thought shared with the audience, the band concluded that they would never forget this night – and I don’t think I will either.
It came to a close with Daylily, a track which I instantly fell in love with when I first heard it. I knew, on my very first listen to Feel Something that there was something different about this song and, with it picking up as much traction as it has, it seemed only fitting for the evening to capitulate with such a song. The band urged everyone to “throw up their flashlights”, which offered a nice sombre end to the evening of chaos. The voices of the 400 strong in the Camden Assembly felt like 4000. The room cried out in need of a “pink cloud summer”. With a barrage of “thanks guys” from the band, they urged fans to stay behind for to hang. The night was over and I was honoured to have been at the band’s first ever London show. Humble from start to finish, Movements put on an absolute masterclass.
Movements are going to be huge. Do not sleep on them. Do yourself a favour and listen to their music or do one better and catch them live. What a treat.