The End, Birmingham
30th January 2011
Reviewed by Hannah Sebestjanowicz
You would think if you are going to reopen and re-brand a venue that pretty much every band played when they came through Birmingham you would at least redecorate and put a stamp on it, but that’s definitely not the case at The Ballroom!
Hailing from Newport Wales, Save Your Breath open up tonight’s proceedings with a solid set, it’s a shame about the sound though which doesn’t do them many favours, but their infectious pop punk gets a good reaction from the Birmingham crowd.
It’s the Story So Far’s first ever time playing in the UK and its obvious from the rabid guys at the front that its been a long time coming.
The lack of barrier means chaos as the SSF power through a powerful and passionate set with every word screamed back at them by the guys down at the front, who scramble over each other desperate to be closer to the microphone shoved in their faces.
Man Overboard seem to be constantly on tour and have played the UK a few times, both as headliners and as support for the likes of Senses Fail, selling out a fair few of the UK shows this tour.
As it turns out Man Overboard have been partying a bit too hard to Basshunter and Zac’s (Eisenstein vocals/guitar) voice is shot but they power through regardless. Opening with ‘Rare’ off their latest self-titled album it takes them a couple of songs to really get into it.
Man Overboard have perfected the art of writing catchy songs with huge choruses and they manage to pull it off live with the energy of Nik Bruzzese (vocals/bass) bouncing off the slightly self-conscious Zac.