Night Verses, Flood of Red & All The Best Tapes
Stoke Sugarmill, 7th of August 2012
Night Verses are brand spanking new. They're exciting. They're good. That's why we're hugely excited to have them on Absolute 100 and even more so to catch them live in the UK this week. Spoiler: they were good.
We arrived just in time to catch local support All The Best Tapes who opened with their deliciously muddy, groove-laden punk. As uplifting live as they are recorded, expect to hear more from these gentlemen in months to come.
Up next, Flood of Red's fragile fare did well in front of a tough crowd. The past couple of years have seen the Scottish outfit become one of the UK's most unrelenting touring machines and it's paying dividends. Frontman Jordan Spiers' soaring vocals combine with meaty drums on the likes of "Little Lovers" with finesse and the band seem as tight as ever.
Still, their careful atmospheric build-up falls on its face at times. At others, however, it's all-encompassing and accomplished, with "Paper Lungs" and new song "They Must Be Building Something" shining brightest.
Intricate and immensely powerful for a four-piece, Night Verses aren't backward in coming forward and fairly ripped into their impressive set right from the beginning. Even if you don't bear in mind that this is only their seventh (yeah, seventh) show, the way they attack the half-full room with gusto is something to be admired.
From the late-From First To Last vibe of "From The Shadows Where I'm Low" with it's buzzsaw guitar and piercing screams to the almost danceable "I've Lost My Way Back Down", a set as good as that from a band as young as that is nothing short of staggering. I suppose it doesn't hurt to have one of the best voices in around in ex-The Sleeping man Doug Robinson, either.
Despite only having released four songs up to date and playing six or seven all night, they still managed a good 40 minute set without ever becoming boring. That is surely the biggest testament to their nous and sheer ability, both as individuals and a band.
If this was only their seventh show, I'd love to be at the 20th, the 40th or the 50th. Make sure you're there, it's going to be spectacular.