Spend a special night in London with All Get Out.
There has, and will always be, something special about the drizzling streets of London in the Autumn. For the past 7 years, they have symbolised the turning of the year and with it mark the start of an incredible run of overseas musicians booking and performing in some of the biggest and brightest venues that the capital has to offer. This year – I am glad to inform you – is no different. The Kentish Town Forum located in the sleepier, less metropolised streets of Camden played host to the inaugural outing of the year. The venue, on the 6th of October, offered the arrival cult pop-punk veterans The Story So Far supported by rising stars Citizen and All Get Out.
Now, despite the meteoric performances delivered by both Citizen and The Story So Far (a full live review of the show is to come), the focus of my feature is solely on the opening artist. All Get Out, for those of you not in the know, are an indie punk four-piece from South Carolina. They are set to release their first LP with Equal Vision Records on November 2nd which will be titled No Bouquet and the singles that have been released so far have truly wet the whistle. God Damn is the most recent effort and is a charged, swagger fuelled bop that has thrown down the gauntlet for the band to release their best record yet. However, I think it is fair to say that the band cut their teeth with their inaugural release The Season. A dark exploration into fragility, this album is one that has an important message and for that reason, caught the attention of the emo community. From here the band moved on, after 5 years and some time away, to release Room to Talk which picked up where their first LP left off. Featuring some of my favourite songs that the band have released, this is another one that you simply must go back and listen to. But as with so many bands, the spark that caught light inside me and fixated my need to see the band live came from their Audiotree session. Dynamic, layered and delicate – each of the 37 minutes are worth absorbing and I would recommend you stop whatever you are doing right now and take some time to educate yourself. Now sheltered from the drizzle it was finally time to catch some of these tunes live and in the flesh.
As I blustered through the venue, I was pleasantly surprised at the sheer volume of people who had made their way into the building before me. My shock was shared by frontman and vocalist Nathan Hussey who after playing the band’s opening two tracks commented on the fact that it was great to see so many people there, following it up by exclaiming that no one in America turns up for the openers. The highlights of the set came in the form of some of the band’s biggest hits. Room to Talk was, of course, undeniably powerful and really set the marker for the rest of the set. As the titular track from the band’s sophomore album, it was great to see the audience lighten up when iconic “I’ve got nothing to say / pockets of pennies to share” began ringing through the speakers. The lineage of this song dances from intensity to delicacy beautifully and it was clear that the crowd was as impressed by its delivery as I was. Orchestra’s notably pedestrian opening built wonderfully into its electric chorus, where Hussey was able to showcase the harsher pallet of his vocals. Lucky Bastard was another take away that I feel needs to be commented on. The harmonies of the pre-chorus that whistled from the stage were another reminder that the band were able to replicate their recordings note-perfectly on stage. The hook of “I miss my baby girl” that runs violently in the chorus was crying for some crowd interaction, and I am sure that will come soon. After all, this was only the band’s second time in the UK – very impressive.
It was also nice to see that band thrived whilst playing some of their newer material, a review of which I will keep short and sweet for the interest of reviewing their upcoming album in full. However, I must comment that the energy of these songs felt refreshing and blended perfectly amidst some of the band’s more well-known ones. The Season, probably the band’s magnum opus (thus far), was my personal highlight. The slippery lyrics dappled and hung from every surface of one of London’s most storied venues. Each word was delivered with as much gusto as I had heard it played in my own head over and over. The lyrics, like most of All Get Out’s, are hauntingly personal in this song. During the performance, the instruments being used as mediums of expression by the band were taking somewhat of a beating. As it came to its conclusion, the song terminated itself with a barrage of threated guitar slams and scorn faces. All in all, it was clear to see that this one was an emotional one for all involved. The set put on by the boys had a little bit of everything and I am sure it left a lasting impression on those inside the building that were not familiar with their work.
After incredible performances from all three bands on the line-up, I found myself back on the cold, rat run streets of Camden. Stunned and excited to keep listening, I couldn’t wait to recluse myself to spend many more happy hours unpicking lyrics, dreaming them into something bigger. Getting to meet bands such as All Get Out reminds me why I fell in love with music and about how lucky I am to have a platform to discuss it. Make sure you take some time to support this band.
Make sure you check out No Bouquet upon release (and be sure to come back to check out our review) and for our American readers, you can catch All Get Out on their upcoming US Headline Tour:
November 1 – Atlanta, GA – Purgatory @ Masquerade
November 2- Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
November 3- Raleigh, NC – Kings Baracade
November 4 – Washington, DC – DC9
November 6 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
November 7 – Boston, MA – Middle East
November 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
November 9 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Funhouse
November 10 – Cleveland, OH – Mahall’s 20 Lanes
November 11 – Detroit, MI – Pike Room
November 13 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
November 14 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
November 15 – Kansas City, MO – The Rino
November 16 – Dallas, TX – Three Links