Tucked away from the bright lights of Brighton Pier, a small number of teenagers congregate, waiting outside ‘The Haunt’. In a few hours’ time, Young Guns would take to the stage of this minuscule, converted cinema on the Brighton leg of their ‘Bare Bones Club Tour’.
Opening with their latest single, ‘Bones’, the band cement my prediction that they are bound for Academy-sized shows in the future. This song really showcases drummer, Ben Jolliffe’s, talents as he thrashes out the drum part as his bandmates take to the stage. The song’s anthemic chorus scores maximum audience participation. I’m sure this song will create an even more electric atmosphere when played to a larger crowd.
The band deliver high octane performances of fan favourites such as, ‘D.O.A’ and ‘Elements,’ with explosive amounts of energy being returned by the tiny crowd. The band cover all their releases by playing two songs from their debut EP, ‘Mirrors’. Both, ‘There Will Be Rain’, and ‘Daughter of the Sea’, serve as reminders of how far this band have grown. Yet, the band belt these songs out with the same drive and energy as the first time I ever saw them.
New songs, ‘Dearly Departed’, and ‘Towers’, are warmly received as fresh additions to the band’s otherwise predictable set. Both songs demonstrate the band’s versatility in that they have the ability to produce more accessible songs than on their debut record, ‘All Our Kings Are Dead’. These also go down well with the audience who, mesmerised, recite every word back to the band.
The band’s singer, Gustav Wood, is undoubtedly a natural showman. Whether out of awe of his impeccable way with words, or admiration of his good looks - the crowd are his. This becomes evident during, ‘Stitches’. Anything the singer asks, the crowd complies. From hand clapping, to singing and jumping. For many, this song seemed to be the highlight of the evening.
For me, this band’s shows are all about the atmosphere. You can always bet that their crowds are the loudest and most enjoyable you’ll ever have the pleasure of standing in. Crowdsurfers littered the stage during, ‘Weight of the World’, serving as a testament to my opinion, and proving that the audience were just there to have a great time. Young Guns certainly give them that.
The band round off their set with a performance of, ‘Winter Kiss’. I have never been a fan of this song, so this left a lot to be desired. However, the audience were still a rowdy bunch right ‘til the end.
This tour has seen Young Guns play their longest sets to date - giving their fans great value for money. Not only that, but this show proves that Young Guns no longer belong in the realms of tiny club venues. This little band are moving up in the world…
**not my best review ever**