Gig Review: Holding Out ft. Too Close For Missiles / Primary Colours / Hometruths
I was buzzing to be invited to review Holding Out’s latest gig with supports from Primary Colours, Too Close For Missiles and Hometruths.
First up was Too Close For Missiles, opening up the show at Riverside, and what an opener they were… There’s a proper fat nasty sound to them, which I would describe as being pop punk, but actually sounding good! All kidding aside though, this band may just have been one of the tightest bands of the night. Everything just sounded absolutely banging on stage, which went alongside some great chemistry between all four members. One thing which I rate as well is the fact that they nailed vocal harmornies. Doesn’t sound like a big thing right? Well it is, because so many bands try and fail at it, but these geezers SMASHED IT all over. Recommend these if you like that Sum 41 sound where it’s like pop punk, but it has some fat metal sounds injected into it.
Next up was Primary Colours who had an absolutely roaring crowd of people on their side. I was interested to see if they fit well on the lineup or not with it being a primarly punk lineup. Fair play to Primary Colours though because they were sick. Their frontman absolutely captivated the crowd, proving to be a natural performer, one who shines bright in the spotlight. I don’t know what genre I’d label Primary Colours under, but nevertheless, it could be described as raw, loud and rocking. It’s also worth mentioning how belter the rest of the band were, with there being some naughty riffs ganning on from the lead guitarist in particular.
Hometruths took on the role of being the main support, having the very difficult task of following on from Primary Colours. Despite that, they seemed to get stuck in and rose to the occasion, looking as if they were having a lot of fun on stage. Their pop punk sound and youthful energy got the crowd going, warming everyone up right before Holding Out. It’s nice to see a band perform at a good-sized venue like Riverside and to just look like they’re having fun every minute, it helped create a nice vibe throughout the crowd.
Finally, Holding Out came on the stage, playing one of their first gigs as a three piece after their lead guitarist recently left the band. It can be difficult losing a member in your band, especially when they’re extremely talented, but I think it’s fair to say that Holding Out have not let their downsizing hold them back. Holding Out played a banging set, giving it their all on every song. Their skate punk/hardcore punk style of music reverberated throughout the Riverside, with there also being some intense moshpits thrown into the mix.
The band’s chemistry was brilliant on stage, with singer and guitarist Ellis having good back and forth with singer and bassist Tom. To top off a fantastic performance, Holding Out performed a cover of ‘Gay Bar’ by Electric Six to get the crowd going.
I think one thing to take from this night of music is how each band were able to engage with the crowd in such a cool and calm manner. It’s extremely humbling to be able to see artists take to a stage like Riverside and to look so natural being up there. All four bands absolutely grafted towards creating a fantastic show, one to remember for a while. Big props to Ellis for his ability to organize ambitious shows like this, because this one was absolutely unreal!
All photography by Stonerose Photography