Preceding Splashh, were arguably two of the best new bands in the UK, The Wytches and Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs. The Wytches set was a half hour of high energy ‘doom grunge’; the crowd took to the band immediately with circle and mosh pits quickly forming in front of the stage. If you haven’t heard or seen The Wytches, I’d highly recommend checking them out. They are guaranteed to achieve big things.
The same can be said about Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs. Their set isn’t as high tempo as The Wytches, but their love of everything 60′s comes together to create a sound that’s heavy in glam. The result? Stupidly catchy pop songs. Both bands pulled off their support slots brilliantly; only a bravely confident band would such high quality support bands to play before them.
Splashh’s set saw them on their best form. During the last two times I’ve seen them, they’ve struggled with a few technical faults but there was fortunately none of that to found, only a brilliant show from start to finish. Thursday night saw the band play nearly the whole of their debut album, ‘Comfort’, as well as playing new song ‘Peanut Better Jelly’; a song which builds on their already established sound whilst embracing their more psychedelic tendencies.
The biggest reaction from the crowd came from the albums singles ‘All I Wanna Do’, ‘Vacation’ and an extended version of ‘Need It’. All three songs are like being transported back to the middle of summer with each song being more sun-drenched than the last. The boiling temperature of the venue certainly helped too. The excitement carried through from the support acts, with every song being accompanied by dancing and mosh pits.
If I’m honest, it was one of the best gigs I’ve been to in a while. You could see the band loved it, never putting a foot wrong, and the crowd did too. Splashh will be touring some of Europe before taking a well earned break before Christmas. It’s been a breakout year for them and I can’t wait to see them again, especially with new songs added to their arsenal.
Words by Henry Small.
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