hmv.com reviews... Lower Than Atlantis @ Cardiff''s Y Plas
Lower Than Atlantis took their self-titled debut (which you can preview on the right-hand side of the page) out on tour this week and we were there to review their Cardiff show..
Lower Than Atlantis embarking on their sold out UK tour.
In a newly refurbished Y Plas in Cardiff Students Union; making it a perfect place to showcase gigs like this.
Any good supports?
The supports are a real treat kicking off with Pvris, one of the year's big breakout bands. It's clear to see why on the basis of tonight with their mix of rock and synth, showcased perfectly on singles 'St Patrick' and 'My House'. It's surprising this is the first time they've played in he UK. No doubt next time they arrive here, it will definitely be for a headline set themselves.
If that wasn't enough they are then followed by We Are The Ocean who open up with 'Do It Together', one of the best rock songs of the year so far. New material from their forthcoming album Ark is showcased tonight with the title track sounding huge live and 'Good For You', which could almost be a dance number were it not for the rousing guitars towards the end, going down superbly. In spite of this, it's old favourite like 'The Waiting Room' and set closer 'Bleed' that really get the crowd warmed up and ready.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The gig is totally sold out so everyone is trying to get the best possible view available. Even during the support acts they are a lively bunch and the energy progressively increases throughout the night.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The set was mainly comprised of tracks from their latest self titled album, with the band taking to the stage and launching into 'Criminal' which has arms raised high in the air. It's promptly followed by 'Love Someone Else' from Changing Tune which causes a sea of crowd surfers to flood over the barriers. 'Words Don't Come So Easily' and 'English Kids In America' have an almost poppy feel to them in comparison to their older material causing non stop jumping and singing in the crowd.
Whilst the sing-along's are present during every song, the biggest cheers are saved for older material such as '(Motor) Way Of Life' and 'Beech Like The Tree' off of their 2011 effort World Record. 'Marilyn's Mansion' is also a highlight which gives an adrenaline shot to the already active audience.
Returning for an encore we receive an acoustic version of 'Another Sad Song' with just singer Mike Duce alone on stage causing all of the front row to have their phones out recording and swooning over his tones. We are given one final rousing song with the exceptional 'Here We Go' ending the show with as much passion as they started.
Any good between song banter?
Nothing was said for the first six songs and then a little something was said introducing every number after that, notably inciting a huge circle pit before starting 'Marilyn's Mansion'.
Did they put on much of a show?
There's a simple backdrop with the band's name on it but the lights are flashing constantly with the strobes blinding everyone on the floor. Each of the members have platforms as well to really stand out and reach into the crowd.
What was the highlight of the set?
Set closer 'Here We Go' is an absolute beast with its main riff that really gets you going. Bodies are constantly being lifted over the barriers in the crowd's last chance to dance.
Where can I catch them next?
The tour has only just begun so it's due to hit Oxford, Glasgow,Manchester; pretty much everywhere in the UK. However it is all sold out at this moment in time, but don't let that stop you trying to find a ticket for these special shows.