Alt-rock rising stars Press To MECO conclude their October headline tour with aplomb in Guildford’s Boileroom.

The opening tune, Familiar Ground was somewhat dampened by Luke Caley’s guitar (a driving force for every Press To MECO song to date) which was far too quiet. Fortunately, technical issues seemed to have subsided by the time the breakdown, which is arguably the highlight of many of Press To MECO’s hits, had arrived. Angular, spikey and sublimely jarring – the band’s proficiency in warping time signatures to raise eyebrows and crane necks is second to none.

While it may have taken a couple of songs to truly get going, Press To MECO made their mark with the introduction of Itchy Fingers – the raucous and racing outro of which perfectly leading the audience into a rendition of brand new single Easy Life. A freshly galvanised crowd were further fuelled by the war cries of bassist Adam Roffey.

Onlookers gawped at Caley’s fingers as they tap-danced across his six strings throughout the very welcome addition of old-favourite Honestly. The performance was technically outstanding. It has been spoken and written about this band before, but their talent as musicians is impossible to ignore. Drummer Lewis Williams expertly commands his kit all the while playing his part in the three-part harmonies for which Press To MECO are renowned. Coupled with Roffey, these two are far more than just a rhythm section; with the role of lead vocals continually rotating around the band from verse to verse.

After a busy October, the band will continue to embrace the fatigue as they will surely be working hard on maintaining their soaring momentum with a third LP (hopefully) not too far away.

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Aaron Jackson


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