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“Futures” at Tramlines 2011.



By Jonathan Bradwell

Performing in one of the hustling venues of the Festival tonight is the neoteric British rock romantics the “Futures”. With only four chances to catch them this summer, the venue is so frenetic that the temperature gets plethoric before the band materialize. With an appallingly little amount of video footage of their live gigs obtainable, but having an incontrovertible reputation of brilliance, the “Futures” come on stage to hearty cheers; Cheers from people that wont be disappointed tonight. With fabulous lyrics (Although often somewhat seemingly over emotive), juxtaposed alongside mellifluous musicianship, it’s to no astonishment that the “Futures” are signed to the great “Mercury Records”.

It is clear from the offset that the “Futures” take the value of rehearsing for their live performances earnestly. Despite only being a complete and functioning band for two years now, there are aspects of fluency, artistry and utter professionalism to the sounds distributed by the Buckinghamshire four piece. Showing no signs that there live performance is anything less unrivalled than their debut album “The Holiday”, ‘Ant West’ (vocals) shouts and sings with such tonality and commitment that we commence to wonder why this band were not given a slot on one of the more palpable stages of the weekend.

After roughly Twenty minutes of their boy band looks and pop song melodies it ultimately comes clear that this set list has little ups or downs. The band seem to be playing it safe with a reliable set list of gliding material with little divagation from their rock band pigeonhole. However, the songs that are played emit from the stage with such radiance, a radiance which clearly shows in ‘Ant West’ (vocals), as the smile he meandered on stage with is indefatigable until the end. A brand new album and some more live shows simply can not come soon enough.

Most of tonight’s songs sound sparkling, and even though having many songs that all sound like they could be singles may make some lesser bands sound slightly one dimensional, the initial simplicity of these particular songs with their added hooks and quirky riffs is what makes them worth appreciating. Even on record songs like ‘Oxygen’ make you crave the chorus, making even the static of listeners tap their foot, clap their hands or sing along. It’s this approach to modern rock that makes the “Futures” so addictive. Let’s not forget, ‘Casey Roarty’ (Guitars) fret board work is immensely impressive, and helps to keep it stimulating and contrasting from the rest of the names in the genre.

As the “Futures” depart from the stage to as much noise and applause as they entered with, it’s not laborious to anticipate that in a few more years the “Futures”, if they carry on rising upward, will intensify their live performance even further and move on to be an even more remarkable band. Their popularity really becomes plausible when, after their set has finished, people literally begin to vacate the venue. With an assortment of gnarly rock grooves, bass lines full of character and vocal melodies that make your hips move, let’s hope that the “Futures” near future is as flamboyant and wonderful as their efforts tonight.

(Picture courtesy of “PastPresentFutures”).

The “Futures” official music video for the song “Sal Paradise”:


“Twin Atlantic” live at Tramlines 2011.

Twin Atlantic

Twin Atlantic

By Jonathan Bradwell.

Britain, Scotland, Glasgow. The commorancy of a number of raunchy alternative rock acts tipping just into the limelight of the publics recognition with the upswing, popularity and undeviating faith in the quality of modern Scottish Rock. Just culminating above the rest of the underground acts from the Northern Borders are “Twin Atlantic”, chosen specially to headline the average sized stage at “The Leadmill” as past of the prodigious Tramlines Festival 2011. With the venue compressed to the rafters with perspiring, drunken party goers, a chiselled suspense grapples with those stuck to the beer soaked floors of the venue as ‘Twin Atlantic’ man the stage.

With a fanciful set list well fabricated and designed for Festival crowds, crowds where people in attendance may be unfamiliar with mid tracks from such bands, “Twin Atlantic” keep the evening eloquent with such songs as the highly acclaimed and eerily catchy “Lightspeed”. The implausibly powerful chorus of colliding guitar sounds and the trademark tangy vocals of ‘Sam Mctrusty’ (vocals) saturate the air sublimely, getting the crowd in the spirit for a night of power rock ballads from a seemingly uncontainable might. “Twin Atlantic” perform songs that are both of a high quality and unavoidably charming when seeing them live.

Keeping the Glasgow spirit close to his heart and mind, ‘Sam Mctrusty’ (Vocals) knows how to gratify a croud of angst badgered teenagers, as well as make those of us older in the audience beam with merriment, with his straight up and contentious banter. A painless “Who the fuck are you” is all is required to extinguish the outbursts of one festival attendee who clearly was an irritant to the bands proceedings tonight. Fighting talk aside, “Twin Atlantic” prove they have what it takes to break hearts too with an illustrious representation of their classic acoustic style song “Crash Land”.

Although their performance is as adjacent to supremacy as live music gets, it’s this very border between their recorded and live outputs that is their only impediment. The neck-breaking potentiality of their recorded material is a few notches above what’s on offer tonight. Admittedly though this is probably more a case of the high quality recording than any liability on the band themselves, and it would be discordant to try and pull them down for such a minor thing. With overwhelming musicianship from the likes of drummer ‘Craig Mckneale’ (drums), “Twin Atlantic” are inspiration for other bands climbing to eminence.

Unlike much of this decades artists, “Twin Atlantic” stand out as a band void of materialistic sentiments, obliging even those down just for some free music tonight for their patronage. ‘Sam Mctrusty’ (vocals) ties up by stating “I know some of you do not know are but just came down because it’s free, and we thank you for supporting British Rock”. Overpassing the borders between stunningly dazzling music, sportsmanlike respect, whilst keeping it convivial and exciting, this wont be the last we see of these Scottish Rockers. This was one successful Crash Land on the official opening nights of this weekend’s festival.

(Picture courtesy of “Dear Scotland”).

“Twin Atlantic” playing “Lightspeed” at the Radio One “Uniting Nations” event:



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