The hype surrounding Moose Blood is one that some may find skeptical, although the band merits praise from their fantastic debut record I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time, they have only been around for a couple of years. On Moose Blood’s first headline tour, the band have a lot of proving to do and with Boston Manor and Choir Vandals to accompany them, they won’t have a problem.
Opening up the night relatively early is Boston Manor, focusing on a lot of cuts from the band’s debut EP Driftwood, the crowd are receptive and a few members of the audience are familiar with the songs which shows a lot of promise for the Blackpool band.
This is Choir Vandals first excursion over the these shores and by god, I hope it’s not their last. Opening up with ‘Lost’, the band releases an incredible amount of energy as they flail across the tiny stage. It’s clear to see that the band live by the ethos ‘no banter, no bullshit’ as they seamlessly dart between each song trying to give fans the most out of their setlist. When they do speak however, it’s only to say something hilarious like “I saw a cathedral that was older than my country today so I wrote a song about it on the way here” before kicking into 2013’s ‘An Honest Conversation’. The raw amount of passion that Austin McCutchen has in his voice is unmatched as he channels Isaac Brock.
Moose Blood tough acts to follow from and with the opening notes of ‘Pups’, it’s clear that they can manage just fine as the audience is immediately clambering towards the front of the stage so they can scream back every word. On ‘Swim Down’, it’s clear to see the band are having the time of their life as the enthusiasm of the crowd sees a microphone stand collapse as well as frontman Eddy Brewerton’s pedals getting stamped on.
There are elements to the band which combine Daisy-era Brand New with Clarity-era Jimmy Eat World and ‘I Hope You’re Missing Me’ perfectly blends these together. The sentimentally sparse ‘Cherry’ rouses an overwhelming singalong from the crowd although feels a bit out of place in the middle of the set.
‘Bukowski’ is the huge moment of the night, throwing in lyrical nods to High Fidelity, Death Cab For Cutie and Hemingway. Reminiscent to the big choruses of bands from Drive Thru Records, ‘Bukowski’ is well on it’s way to becoming one of the biggest songs of the summer.
It’s plain to see that with tonight, Moose Blood are on a constant rise and are well on their way to becoming one of the most revered pop-punk acts that the UK has to offer. Hopefully this is only the beginning for them and we see the band continue to grow in sound and lyrics.