#SFSTOUR16 Formation take it to church with Liverpool Stand For Something set

The band are supported by local boys Vynce at the city’s Scandinavian Church.

A strange stack of red brick triangles, hidden beside Liverpool’s harbour, the Scandi Church’s looming white arches swallow up sound and spit it out again a hundred times as loud. Lit by golden candles, and the purple glow of an altar, locals Vynce – who hail from the Wirral – kick-start the action at this first leg of the Dr. Martens Stand For Something Tour 2016.

Despite frontman Peter Pegasiou’s claims that he’s got the lurgy - “if anyone from Formation is in here, I’d anti-bac this mic before you use it,” he jokes - he and the rest of Vynce are on razor-sharp form. ‘Taste’ fidgets and jerks with angular twinkles of guitar, while ‘Lust’s echoing waves, and thrashing cymbals ring out between the church’s bright blue pews.

Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set

Underneath a glowing blue cross – conveniently the same symbol that covers their 'Under the Tracks' EP – Formation live up to their earlier promises to “deconsecrate” the church, creating an almighty racket in the process. Their set is one that looks forward to their debut album – with brand new cuts like the anthemic synth-stabs of 'A Friend' and the epic six-minute 'Ring' showing ever more diverse sides to the band – also nodding back to their earliest formative (ahem) moments. Will Ritson, sipping casually on a mint tea, decides that tonight's intimate surroundings befit a quiet moment of reflection, and the band air their “only ballad” 'Waves', too; their debut track which has since disappeared from the internet entirely.

Grinning slyly across at his twin brother Matt – headbanging at the keyboards like he's in the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' scene in Wayne's World – Will's a dynamic, cowbell-wielding machine. Mounting the drum kit, bashing various items of percussion like they're his sworn enemies, Formation are a devilishly good band, in contrast to tonight’s holy surroundings.

Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set
Formation take it to church at Liverpool Stand For Something set

Photos: Emma Swann

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