The Bottom Line pack every ounce of energy into impeccable London show

Back in 2012, the then-named ‘Thursday’s Bad Luck’ were a pop-punk trio comprising of Callum Amies (vocals/guitar), Max Ellis (bass) and Matt Bicker (drums). Fast forward seven years and the evolution is clear; with Tom Newton (guitar), founder of Teddy Rocks Fest now onboard and with the rebranding of a new edgier name, ‘The Bottom Line’ are well established and have made good use of their recent signing to Marshall Records. Their gig at O2 Academy Islington was the penultimate show of their tour supporting Zebrahead and with their stamina being tested to the limit, could they deliver?

Providing that quintessential pop-punk sound, Reasons opened proceedings and the room immediately erupted. The question had been answered… the boys were going to pack every ounce of energy they had left into delivering their last two shows and boy, were we in for a treat. This vigour was maintained with the snare-heavy intro of She Makes Me, followed up by Gone. By this point, it was clear that every member of the band had an impeccable stage presence which lit up the room and bled into the crowd as more and more fans began to crowd surf.

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Tours from their earlier years, such as those with Simple Plan and Waterparks, have obviously taught the lads a fair few tricks along the way as they certainly know how to work a crowd. Over & Over calmed the tempo a little, but thudded through the intimate London venue regardless, then succeeded by a blast from the past in the form of Insecure, off the band’s 2017 EP I Still Hate You. Now well and truly settled in their set, Like The Movies upheld the band’s signature sound, with thumping bass drums and grungy guitar licks in abundance. I Still Hate You followed by fan-favourite In Your Memory, finished things up nicely with the crowd sufficiently warmed up for Zebrahead’s set.

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With a number of successful tours under their belt, not to mention their place on the line up at Download Festival 2018, The Bottom Line show no sign of letting up or slowing down. Their reinvention of a classic pop-punk sound truly delivers and having spoken with the band after the show, I can personally say they are genuinely humble and down to earth people. I look forward to seeing them again soon.

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Fraser Wakeling

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