LIVE: Young Guns @ HMV Ritz, Manchester (13/10/2012)

Date: October 13th, 2012
Venue: HMV Ritz, Manchester
Support: Marmozets / Your Demise / We Are The In Crowd
Website: None available


With their UK return of the Warped Tour in London next month, you would think that Vans have enough on their plate in terms of providing shows to the UK for the year. Still, they shove in an awesome line-up for their ever so popular Vans “Off The Wall” tour which, if anything, is a warm up to the main course at Alexandra Palace in November.

Young Northern scamps Marmozets (****) raise the chaos levels nice and early. Their mathy barrage of songs like ‘Onemanwolfpack’ and ‘The Perfect Beverage’ marries hand in hand with their stage presence, throwing themselves and their instruments across the stage. Bassist Will Bottomley even jumps into the crowd for a bit of a scream during the final moments of their set.

Your Demise (***) keep things up, seeing frontman Ed McRae jump into the crowd on a couple of occassions, at one point being swallowed by the sea of fans towards the end of live favourite, ‘The Kids We Used To Be…’. It seems the band are a little restrained, however, and not performing their usual boisterous self. Maybe they just didn’t feel the vibes due to the nature of the show/tour, or maybe it was just an ‘off night’.

Copious bouncing and teen heart throbbing is on the agenda with We Are The In Crowd (***), delivering the sharpest hooks of the night so far. The boys drool over vocalist Tay Jardine, the girls do the same over Jordan Eckes and, at one point, Tay even spots someone’s “tasty abs”. The melodicies of ‘Rumour Mill’ and ‘For The Win’ get the room singing throughout and potentially cements the groundwork that WATIC may be the next All Time Low.

Plastering the stage with their logo, in the form of a backdrop, huge custom lights and the obvious kick drum skin, Young Guns (****) walk onstage to an onslaught of cheers and teenage screams. From here on out, it’s clear that tonight is all about them. Kicking things off with ‘Dearly Departed’, all eyes are on the Southern lads and Gustav Wood‘s onstage charm along with their hooks keeps the focus on them throughout their set. The band even treat the fans to a choice of their favourite song to play from their debut EP ‘Mirrors’, and with the votes all pointing to ‘There Will Be Rain’, the sing-a-long continues.

It’s the closing moments of encore duo ‘Winter Kiss’ and ‘Bones’ back-to-back that resonate the strongest though, showcasing that Young Guns have matured from their humble beginnings just a few short years ago. Only time will tell what the future holds for them.

Written by Zach Redrup