Underdogs of the festival’s Friday line-up The Subways “popped their cherry” at Download at a satisfactory standard. With ‘All Or Nothing’, their second full-length release due for release at the end of the month, they have to make a good impression upon those watching who may be a bit unfamiliar of their presence.
Bassist Charlotte Cooper runs on at the start of the set, sporting Kiss face-paint in tribute to the night’s main stage festival headliners, with the other two members joining on shortly after, and opening with new track ‘Kalifornia’. Though the band were well received from the people watching, it seems they tried a little bit too hard in getting new faces and potential fans to sing along to songs they probably didn’t know all too well. However, the trio performed a set of upbeat and more popular numbers, including their singles ‘Oh Yeah’, ‘Girls & Boys’, and recent single release ‘Alright’.
The band closed their first appearance at the traditional metal festival with ‘Rock & Roll Queen’, and gave a great and active send-off to a crowd consisting of a majority of people who weren’t sure to like them or not. For a young band of this type at a festival like Download, they could’ve done a lot worse.
Written by Zach Redrup