As you’d expect, Fightstar‘s intimate Newcastle show has long been sold out, with many people having queued ridiculously early for the Busted-esque nostalgia of their frontman. Nonetheless, it’s what sells the tickets.
Laruso provide the opening entertainment of the night and crash into a brilliant post-hardcore noise, frontman, Liv, has exceptional vocals. They manage to get a small portion of the crowd moving right from the off, with tracks from their new album including new single 1998, and the brilliant It’s Not A Moon, It’s A Space Station. Unfortunately, it seems tonight’s audience don’t really seem to care too much about anyone but the headliners, which really lets down a very strong set.
In Case Of Fire, unfortunately, don’t garter as much of a reaction as the former, they’re definitely a band with a lot of work on their hands, as the crowd stay pretty static. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with their set – it’s a brilliant mix of epicness and progressive rock with a very beautiful set of vocals from frontman Steven Robinson. New single Enemies and former single The Cleansing prove great standouts, but disappointingly the crowd don’t really “get it” tonight. Not that this falters the performance; it’s a great set, it just goes hugely unnoticed.
So, Fightstar hit the stage to roars, screams, and from all ages; there’s people from the ages of 10 to 50 here tonight, which shows just how widespread the band’s audience are. Sadly, it’s clear to see there’s a percentage here only to relive their Busted nostalgia trip, but it’s nothing on the explosion of bodies all around the room when Fightstar burst into new track Colours Bleed To Red.
The set tonight is quite heavy with songs from new album Be Human, the first five tracks played including a now firm fan favourite, new single Mercury Summer.
The only downfalls of a tremendously played set tonight was the faltering of the set mid-way through, as the boys didn’t manage to maintain the high energy they created from the start of the set. Songs such as the choice of Mono instead of Floods with frontman Charlie Simpson‘s keyboard not being able to fit onstage, and much of the lighter sounding Fightstar back catalogue let the set down somewhat.
However, songs like old favourite Grand Unification Part 1, and a superbly brutal encore of the haunting Deathcar proved that Fightstar are definitely worth their while, and provided an excellent performance.
Fightstar’s new album, Be Human, is out now at all good record stores, and In Case Of Fire’s debut album, Align The Planets, is released on May 11th.