Date: Saturday 22nd June
Venue: The Key Club, Leeds
Supports: State of Error, This Time Last Year
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Local openers This Time Last Year brought their own version of raw pop punk to open the show tonight. The band were notable for winning the Rocksound Breakout competition to play at Slam Dunk Festival last year so it was great to see them play live. Great crowd interaction though-out their set including a conga line around the venue, it was impressive to see just how much of a crowd were in attendance tonight. New single ‘Limbo’ sounded like a huge step up from the bands older tracks and left a fantastic impression on the crowd. Their cover of ‘Sugar’ by Fall Out Boy worked well to be as interactive with crowd as possible. With 3 people pulled on stage to sing along and everyone else shouting along everyone came out the other side smiling. Finishing off their set with ‘Just Talk’ ended the set well and really showed how well the band worked together. If things continue the way of ‘Limbo’ then hopefully these guys will catch some attention! A great opening set for the night.
Following up next were State of Error, as the only band on line up I didn’t know I was interested to see how they sounded. Bringing a much more refined version of pop punk, the band sounded almost State Champs-esque during hit track ‘Rosie’. Bringing powerful vocals and a definite groove to the band, their tracks went down well with the large crowd that had filled The Key Club. They also previewed a new unreleased single ‘Fire, Fire’ that’s due out next month featuring additional vocals from Jordan Greenwood of Dead Last. The new track sounded incredible and the two vocal styles really worked in contrast with each other! Definitely hyped to hear the recorded version when it’s released. State of Error finished off with ‘Sunset Boulevard’ which had the crowd banging their heads throughout and even a small pit growing throughout. Definitely a band that I’ll be checking out more after that set. Great interaction and singalongs to warm the crowd up nicely for tonight’s headliners Yours Truly.
Last on tonight were headliners Yours Truly playing for their first time in Leeds and on their first international headline tour. Coming out of the gates it was clear to see the energy that the Australian quartet brought with them and the crowd were more than happy to return the same levels of energy with single ‘Winter’ getting a huge singalong. Things were slowed for a short period of time for the band to smash a live version of ‘When the Sky Falls Down’ which sounded incredible. After this brief moment things were picked up as the first crowd surfers of the night appeared during ‘Circles’. With the band sounding very tight and fantastic vocals on show, it was no surprise that the band had drawn such a huge crowd on their first headline tour dates in the UK. By the time ‘High Hopes’ played out as the last song, the crowd got as involved as it could with multiple crowd surfers flying around the very intimate setting and arms waving everywhere. With Yours Truly putting on a stunning performance tonight it was clear to see why they had been given a place at Download Festival the week before and why I was so excited to see them again supporting Sum 41 over in Manchester. If their set there is anywhere near as good as this headline one then they’ll certainly be picking up a ton of new fans.