In the UK for only the second time, Remo Drive deliver an emphatic performance to an eager London crowd.

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Off the back of the release of their impressive second album, Natural, Everyday Degradation, Remo Drive were back on UK soil to deliver their arsenal of emo-rock tunes to a salivating audience at The Garage in London. At the culmination of a whirlwind year, it felt as though this show would act as the perfect crescendo to another successful album campaign. 

The evening was opened by plucky American, Rosie Tucker, who wasted no time in winning over the audience members that had braved the cold to arrive at the venue nice and early. Her loose, yet methodical solo style grabbed the attention of everyone in the room and, having received a warm round of applause and a chorus of whooping after every song, it appeared that her music left a lasting impression on the majority of the audience.

Before long, in a surprisingly punctual fashion, the evening’s main event took to the stage – and it soon became apparent, as the audience miraculously compressed and the ground began to quiver, that it had been too long since everyone in the room had received their desired fix of Remo Drive. Wasting no time, the band burst into Two Bux – a tune that is undoubtedly a highlight of their most recent album. Immediately, the room erupted, and this energy was mirrored on the stage as the band bounced in harmony with the music. The other number from this record that demands to be spoken about was Ezra and Marla. As the song collapsed through its lucid verses, the band was able to showcase its infectious chorus and jagged breakdown with aplomb – delivering a truly stand-out moment in the lineage of the set.

The band then fell through a smattering of songs from their debut album, Greatest Hits, that – obviously – only intensified proceedings. Welcomed by a respectably sized mosh pit, the band were visually elated by the reception they had received from the crowd. The highlight of this foray down memory lane felt to be Eat Shit, which took the room to boiling point and only enlarged the pockets of pits that had begun to appear in every corner of the venue.

The biggest take-aways from this performance had to be the incredibly tight delivery of every single song and the stupendous vocal performance from Erik Paulson. While his address on every piece of music the band has released to date has been noteworthy, the addition he was able to make to the band’s live performance was emphatic. Reaching every note, and then some, the vocalist elevated the already impressive set to an unforgettable level.

Remo Drive departed the London stage having left a bold, and long-lasting, statement for everyone in attendance: the band will be continuing to make killer music for a long time, and hopefully, it won’t be such a wait until they grace the UK shores with their presence again.

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