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Alternative rock band Fatherson, originally from Kilmarnock in Scotland, make a grand entrance with the commanding force of their single Always and breathe life into a somewhat lacklustre crowd, who begin to tentatively stagger to the front of the stage. Frontman Ross Leighton possesses an impressive, evocative tone that could do with a little more volume and reverb for emphasis and distinction, but backed by some great close harmonies and a well thought-out percussive set from drummer Greg Walkinshaw, they are off to an awakening start.
What is evident from the very beginning is that the band revel in being on stage together, which adds a warmth to the performance and an all-round likeability. Leighton’s gracious attitude between songs also gives insight to their nature as a group but in no time they’re off – louder and even more energetic than before. The overlay of melodic vocals and well-calculated breaks, against powerful crescendos, which we hear particularly well in songs like I Like Not Knowing, bears resemblance to the likes of Biffy Clyro and Panic at the Disco, who have a knack for telling a meaningful story whilst keeping the crowd moving, in true emo fashion.
The sound is not entirely genre-specific in that it can be received by fans of indie, alternative rock and folk music, but may appeal more to a younger crowd of twenty-something-year-old’s, who feel more connected to the pace at which the varying sentiments of introspection, angst and longing are communicated.
That said, Leighton’s voice, alongside the intensity of the bass lines, eclectic drumming and piquant guitar, creates a wonderful soundscape that can be enjoyed by all, though may be better served in an arena than a smaller venue. There are instances where the vocals are slightly drowned out by the depth of the sound, taking away the impact of their stirring shades and undertones, however, as an overall performance there is little not to like.
Photos: Erol Birsen
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