The finish line is in sight and we’re on the home straight: tonight is the London leg of the Dr. Martens #STANDFORSOMETHING Tour in association with DIY - show number five of six - and it’s going to get a bit ridiculous.
Arriving in the home of all things punk and pierced, Camden, tonight’s gig is hosted in the intimate environs of the Black Heart. First things first, three-piece Sserpress get things off to a rowdy start. Somewhat grungy and at times thrashy, they’re a trio that can make much more of a satisfying racket than their rainbow tie-dye t-shirts and Hanson haircuts would imply.
Next up, the room is rammed for main support Lonely The Brave. Having already become a live staple within the UK rock scene while having their debut album land at Number 14 in the charts, it’s no surprise that their set is anticipated.
When they begin, it’s easy to understand why. A mix of soaring guitars and passionate vocals, they’re the perfect fist-in-the-air, sing-your-voice-raw kind of band, and with a good chunk of the crowd tonight, that’s exactly how they spend their half hour slot.
Running through cuts from ‘The Day’s War’, they’re slick but raw, with the intensity of their offerings shining through. Vocalist David Jakes may not be stood centre stage for their performance, but the songs possess all of the power that you could wish for.
By the time Don Broco hit the tiny stage, the crowd are already nicely sweaty. Bursting into a rendition of debut album cut ‘Yeah Man’ with charismatic gusto, the four-piece quickly set the bar for singalongs, with frontman Rob Damiani even extending the song into an a cappella call-and-reply. For a first track it makes quite the impression, but it’s with second song ‘Thug Workout’ that things really get underway. All jarring guitars paired with Damiani’s lyric-spitting, it causes chaos at the front of the room, with energy levels soaring.
The rest of their set follows in a similar vein, with the whole audience raising their voices for each of their ten songs. ‘Priorities’ and ‘Fancy Dress’ are obvious highlights - after all, who could dispute the skill of performing their trademark ‘walk’ dance move in such a tiny space? - and even new track ‘Money Power Fame’, which was first aired only a week or so ago, receives a warm welcome. The band themselves are the epitome of showmanship, and their fans love every minute of it. For a sweaty Friday night out, it’s a success all around.
The Dr. Martens #STANDFORSOMETHING tour in association with DIY continues on to:
01 Tonight Alive: Warehouse 34, Newcastle