Having released album Simplicity a year ago, JAWS took to the Engine Rooms in Southampton as part of their final touring cycle of this album. The Birmingham trio performed their dreamy indie-pop to a room packed with dedicated fans.
The moment the lights went out, letters spelling JAWS lit up, which got the crowd pumped. The band arrived on stage to rapturous applause, kicking the set off with Surround You, an energetic tune with catchy guitar riffs which got the crowd moving right from the off.
The band wasted no time rattling through a combination of songs from the latest album as well as the debut, Be Slowly. Songs included Think Too Much, Feel Too Little, Filth and Just a Boy.
The band – Connor Schofield (Vocals/guitar), Alex Hudson (guitar) and Eddy Geach (drums) – looked genuinely happy, with frontman Schofield thanking the audience for being there and supporting them.
Be Slowly closed the main set. With its upbeat jangly guitar hooks, just the first riff got the crowd cheering, proving a clear favourite with fans. The audience chanted for an encore, which consisted of old favourite Toucan Surf, the more up-tempo Right in Front of Me, and finally Gold.
It was a real crowd-pleasing set, and there’s still chance to experience it for yourself if you happen to be near one of the following fine cities: Newcastle (26/11), Edinburgh (27), York (29), Sheffield (30), and Birmingham (1/12).