Lower Than Atlantis at SOLUS

Lower Than Atlantis returned to the Welsh capital last night for a well-earned headline show, supported by their special guests, the upcoming Blitz Kids and Dinosaur Pile-Up.

The Watford born band, formed in 2007 by lead vocalist Mike Duce and lead guitarist Ben Sansom, reunited with their Welsh fans at the SOLUS bar in Cardiff’s Student Union. Billed as an all-age crowd, emerged in the mist was a crowd that can only be named as ‘teen’, with the occasional 20 year-old in the mix.

The walls of the SOLUS bar trembled with the sound of blasting speakers and the sweat of the raucous crowd when the first act Blitz Kids emerged onto the stage. The crowd unevenly and frustratingly quiet, as its usual for opening acts, stood through what seemed to be a set lacking in any real pinch. Unknown to their sound, the crowd seemed to fall flat at their attempt at anthemic alternative rock. Still well received, their songs seemed to lack anything really memorable.

Dinosaur Pile-up were a little more impressive with their ‘Nirvana-esque” grunge sound. The crowd seemed to act with minor head banging and movement to the uber-anticipated Leeds trio, something that can’t really be said by their supporting counterparts.

As the lights dimmed, the screams intensified to what can only be described as a high-pitched frenzy as the headline act, Lower Than Atlantis, made it onto the stage to their single “Love Someone Else” from their 2012 album Changing Tune. It became apparent that their previous shows in half empty and grimy venues had paid off. It was a far diversion from their previous show in TJs, Newport almost 4 years ago, something in which lead vocalist Mike Duce vocally embarked on the crowd by his easily incited and sincerely warm words of following your dream and doing what you want to do. This followed by their single “Go on strike”. They were loud, aggressive and tighter than ever, intensifying the screams from the highly anticipated crowd and creating an emotionally driven atmosphere at their welsh date by an acoustic interpretation of “Scared of the Dark”, “Mike Duce’s Symphony” and their heart wrenching “Another Sad Song”. The four-piece embarked on history by re-living their “Far-Q” days, not only showing how far they’ve come as a band but how they’ve changed lyrically and musically.

The band finished to a cover of Electric Six’s “Gay bar”, for what can be remembered as an upmost show of how far, how tight and how big this small four-piece band have finally become, for a reputation that’s highly earned.


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