Gig Review: The Phosphenes/The Artilleries/Fosseway/Shawshank @ O2 Academy (25/03/2018)
Gents they are, I was met at the door of the venue even before it began – class acts all around.
Phosphenes' drummer Cameron Snow was my main contact, a lad who's talent stands out even at a mere eighteen years old.
The crowd now truly warmed up by support from The Artilleries, Fosseway and Shawshank, the main event was ready, as were the lads.
Showcasing a well-mixed sound, I can imagine their studio sound would be just as tight (if not more so) than their live one.
There’s coherency in the order of the set, in terms of rises and falls, built a healthy overall band-audience relationship.
In their original tracks there’s strong evidence of trained musicality regarding composition and arrangement, further enforcing an already terrific balance between their two guitarists. Neither one seemed to stand out as ‘lead guitarist’, which worked really well on-stage, especially given the de-Westernised indie vibe.
‘Never Ever’ and ‘Dance to the Radio’ are the standout tracks to watch out for in future sets. Everyone in the audience was either in the air or spilling a pint dancing to those gems.
There were nice moments where an almost Johnny Cash-style beat could be found accompanying a fast-paced indie guitar riff, which somehow worked amazingly well – there guys know how to mix a sound.
I suppose one drawback to the mix would be that a lot of times, the lyrics lost out. This is a crying shame because our sparkling hat-wearing singer clearly had passion and, as for the originals, we really need to hear those lyrics to get behind the ethos of a band writing their own material; it showcases their entire voice.
A definite professionalism could be felt, with them seamlessly going from track to track with very little eye contact – a trait I think is underappreciated in live music – and speaks to a well-rehearsed, confident and skilled group.
With another gig coming up on the 27th April at Little Buildings in Byker, do yourself a favour and get your indie on, with The Phosphenes.
The band's latest single also appeared in the March edition of our Quick Fire Reviews, check them out here.
For fans of: The Libertines, Bob Dylan, The Stone Roses