LIVE: Young Guns @ Academy 2, Manchester (14/09/2011)

Date: September 14th, 2011
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Support: Dangerous!, The Xcerts, Every Avenue
Website: None available


On the back of their debut album ‘All Our Kings Are Dead’, High Wycombe’s pop-rock outfit Young Guns have managed to achieve formidable success over the past 14 months, including a re-release of the album. With the final tour cycle of the record before going into the studio to finish off their sophomore effort, the British quintet need to leave a lasting impression to tide their fans over whilst the band are cooped away creating fresh material.

Australia’s Dangerous! (**) are expected to only get bigger throughout 2012 once they drop their debut album ‘Teenage Rampage’ later this month, but on the back of their current live performances they need to bulk up their stage presence a bit. Lead singer Tommy (who looks an awful lot like Daniel/Nathan Sims from the Angry Boys TV series) has a somewhat flat vocals force than the potential shown in the band’s recordings. The guys just need to fill the shoes that have been made for them from the hype.

The Xcerts (****) are a band who are definitely more suited for a slightly older aged audience, not to say that all those in attendence are unable to enjoy the alternative rock trio. One way of best describing the Scottish/Bristol compiled outfit is a mixture between Brand New and Biffy Clyro, and frontman Murray Macleod‘s vocals are passionate and raw throughout. Though the usual explosive close to set ender ‘Hurt With Me’ is removed of its usual intensity, the three-piece stand as one of Britain’s most promising acts.

A more of a youtful turn of sounds returns with pop-punkers Every Avenue (***). To begin with, the sound comes across a little sloppy and just all slapped together, but as the set continues the sound improves. ‘For Always, Forever’ and set closer ‘Tell Me I’m A Wreck’ bring the biggest highlights in terms of crowd reaction, and Dave Strauchman‘s vocals are truely impressive and adored by the EA fans.

This adoration however is incomparable to that showcased once Young Guns (****) walk onstage. Screams surround the young pop-rock quintet, and hit tracks ‘Crystal Clear’ and ‘Stitches’ are executed in a right fashion that shows just how much the band have progressed since they first broke on the scene with their 2009 EP ‘Mirrors’. Frontman Gustav Wood is a commanding and impressive commander on the stage, and is definitely in the making of becoming the next poster boy to be slapped all over every other issue of Kerrang! and Rock Sound magazine… he’s already halfway there. If tonight is anything to go by, the release of album number two and shows to follow it couldn’t come any sooner to their mass of fans.

Written by Zach Redrup