hmv reviews… American Authors @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Arena rockers in waiting American Authors made their live bow in the UK last night and we were there to review things. Here's what went down…
American Authors, four guys who've made New York they're adopted hometown. They're a little bit country, a little bit rock and a little bit pop, with some big old choruses.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, tiny little room in the back of a bar in East London.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
As sold out as sold out can get, spilling out the back sold out, it was their debut UK show after all.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
12 songs, almost the entirety of their debut album Oh What A Life! and a cover of Florida George Line's 'Cruise' thrown in for good measure. Just under an hour all in all, it included all the finest cuts from their debut record including opener 'Think About It', 'Believer', 'Trouble' and the closing 'Best Day Of My Life'.
Any good between song banter?
A tonne at the set's start, with all the band members opening up about the new British words they've learned in the last 24 hours, including 'pissed' and 'banter'. Let's hope they learned the right context for those delicate ditties too.
Did they put on much of a show?
Back room of a bar so no room for fireworks, but the band made up for it with plenty of energy and some awesome hand gestures from frontman Zac Barnett.
What was the highlight of the set?
The set was pretty good from start to finish, but the real standout moment was the rollicking, country-pop, sub-hoedown 'Hit It', which got everybody moving.
Where can I catch them next?
They promised us in this interview that they'd be back in the UK before long, let's hope they keep their word.
American Authors' debut album Oh What A Life! is out now and can be previewed by clicking on the icon on the right hand side of the page.
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