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LIVE: We Are The Ocean @ The Sugarmill, Stoke (19/01/2009)

Date: January 19th, 2009
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: My Emergency!, Young Guns
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/wearetheoceanuk

Rating:

In the world of music, some stars grab the spotlight and gather the attention much faster than others, and one example of such an achievement would be We Are The Ocean. Having only one EP release of seven tracks under their belts, the London quintet kick off 2009 with a 24 date headlining tour across the UK.

Opening act for the Stoke date My Emergency! (**) don’t bring the best start to the night, delivering a pop-punk style similar to that of You Me At Six but lacking the flare and core to pull it off for a decent amount of musical entertainment. As a plus side though, the band do try and keep themselves moving onstage, but doesn’t quite make up for the lacking musical quality.

Young Guns (****) on the other hand seem to have a similar approach, but this time around they bring along everything the previous act lacked. Their pop-punk/pop-rock sound easily wins over the spectators, potentially winning over members of the crowd who wouldn’t have heard of the band otherwise. The boys even manage to spark up a few small mosh pits and small wall of death, showing promise that this band might just go somewhere better in a few months time.

Though despite their success, We Are The Ocean (*****) just blow them straight out of the water in all areas of any entertaining musical performance. They have the power, presence, and prowess visually along with forceful and energetic music to emit the amount of carnage in the crowd that they do. Numbers like ‘I’ve Never Felt This Damn Good’ receive great crowd participation like their songs were radio-infecting chart-stompers. Even lead vocalist Dan Brown gets involved in some of the action, running off the stage, and climbing and swinging across the venue’s bar like a mad man during ‘Ready For The Fall’, and pointing the microphone into the audience whilst they chant “Beautiful, she’s had her way / Now I’m ready for the fall”, like this band were hugely popular. Things turn up a notch or two when it comes to the band’s closer, ‘Nothing Good Has Happened Yet’. The madness and brutal crowd escalates in so many levels, giving the band a good send-off for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic year for them.

Written by Zach Redrup
Photo taken by Michael Lloyd – 2009 ©

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LIVE: InnerPartySystem @ The Roadhouse, Manchester (09/10/2008)

Date: October 9th, 2008
Venue: The Roadhouse, Manchester
Support: My Emergency!, Furthest Drive Home

Rating: 7/10

Website: www.innerpartysystem.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/innerpartysystem

InnerPartySystem profile

Quickly putting themselves on the map and rising at a decent rate, InnerPartySystem are a group who are eager to get their name international by touring the UK after releasing their debut self-titled album. Tonight, they’re playing at The Roadhouse club in Manchester – definitely far from the biggest sized venue they’ve played at, but none the less it doesn’t mean the opportunity should be taken for granted.

Their combination of synth and electronics along with alternative rock isn’t a new one, but this doesn’t matter when InnerPartySystem (***) pull it off as well as they do. Though the club room isn’t huge, the place is pretty much packed, and though their stage isn’t huge they make the most of what they’ve got. The fans present are truly dedicated to their work, throwing back every word to the likes of ‘Heart Of Fire’ and ‘Die Tonight, Live Forever’ adding a great atmosphere to the show. The band have clearly practiced each song down tightly, with even minor flaws to a minimum, and the vocal work of Patrick Nissley with added effects and the guitar input from Kris Barman complimenting one another effectively. The stand-out moment from their whole performance however came with set closer ‘Don’t Stop’. Everyone in the room, even those who’d tagged along to the show a little unfamiliar with the band’s work were singing along to some of the lyrics, with the chorus “This is entertainment! Lies are entertainment!” filling every orifice of the club. If that weren’t enough, the band then became boisterous enough to crowd surf the front few rows of spectators in the closing moments of the track, despite the small size of the venue, bringing the show to an exciting and unexpected finish.

InnerPartySystem‘s show tonight just goes to show you that it may not be the biggest of venues where you play a show, but you can still make it a pretty big performance.

Written by Zach Redrup

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