Sing-alongs and matching pastel suits, Fatherson arrive in Norwich in style.
If you haven’t heard of Fatherson, then what are you doing? Have you not heard that 2018 is set to be their year?! As one of the brightest sparks in the thriving UK music scene, the Scottish three-piece took to the Waterfront Studio in Norwich for a night of intimate sing-a-longs and man, they didn’t disappoint.
The band, from the offset, were very reflective on their time in the industry. Don’t get too ahead of yourself, I am not saying that they were discussing breaking up or anything, but it was clear to see that the band were thriving over the sheer volume of people that had come out to see them. As it was their first time headlining the Fine City, I think it was justified. Opening with Lost Little Boys, the band bounced into life with one of their most well-known anthemic bops. The crowd were loving it. From here they moved on to play the highlights of their most recent album Sum of All Your Parts. This included hits such as The Rain, Making Waves and Gratitude which were performed back to back to back and done so with incredible vigour. The band were wasting no time in showcasing their incredible talent. As part of their new image, the boys were wearing matching, styled pastel suits for their performance, which has become somewhat of a work uniform for them. This sparked discussion on stage between the band – after the crowd were chanting chug of what they thought was a bottle of vodka, which turned out to be water – before frontman Ross Leighton confessed that he was no longer able to live the can of lager and packet of crisp lifestyle when he finds himself wearing a suit on stage. From here he declared the most controversial statement of the night – Cheese and Onion crisps are nothing short of anti-social. Only to then inform us that he was a fan of Salt and Vinegar and Prawn Cocktail, he closed this opinion splitting discussion quickly by shifting into the next song.
Resuming the sing-along, sway central atmosphere, the band tasked themselves with playing some of their better-known hits from second album Open Book. Always and Joanna were my two personal favourites and were delivered with pinpoint accuracy, most surprisingly with the vocals. The incredible talent of Leighton is clear on their recordings; however, I must admit that he was able to replicate and even further his vocal prowess in person. As the set went on, the crowd were met between songs with informative speeches. Ross Leighton took time to inform everyone that East Anglia is home to the most Willow trees per sq. foot – a fun fact for those interested. I Like Not Knowing was a track that I personally had been waiting for. As I Am an Island’s main course, the song is layered and powerful. The breakdown of the song features some of the most intricate vocal layering seen in any of their releases and to catch it in person, where it was delivered so perfectly was incredible.
With this gig falling on World Mental Health Day it opened a platform to discuss the importance of music as a means of therapy. A message that was appreciated and echoed back by every person in the crowd. This was a nice touch by the band and really encompassed the open and honest vibe that was being shared by everyone during this gig. Keep an eye out for the next time Fatherson tour as you should really take some time to go and see them.
4/5 Bytes. Megan Foxen.
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