Scottish alt-rock group, Fatherson returned to Southampton to play a sold-out show at iconic venue, The Joiners. The band arrived on stage to cheers from a crowd filled with dedicated fans, before kicking off their setlist with Charm School, a Sync favourite which had the band bouncing all over the stage and got the crowd moving and singing along instantly. Following this was The Rain, which highlighted the vocals of lead singer Ross Leighton before performing one of their most popular and catchy tracks, Making Waves.
Fatherson are touring in support of their most recent album, Sum of All Your Parts, released in 2018 and played several tracks from it, as well as their older albums, Open Book and I Am An Island. Songs performed included Just Past the Point of Breaking, The Landscape and Reflection.
They closed the first part of their set with their most popular song, Always, before lead singer Leighton did a stripped back solo performance of James which really showed off his vocal range and talent and had the crowd captivated, listening so intently. Leighton’s bandmates returned to the stage to perform their encore of three songs and closing the night with I Like Not Knowing.
The band shared quirky banter with the audience between songs, which made for a comfortable atmosphere. Not only was their stage presence on point but their musical talent and tightness as a group shone in their performance too. There were smiles all round from the get go – it is clear to see this is a band who enjoy performing and feed off the energy their audience gives. They had so much energy to give from the moment they stepped on stage and thanked their fans for the support and selling out the venue.
Setlist: Charm School / The Rain / Making Waves / Gratitude / Just Past the Point of Breaking / Mine for Me / The Landscape / Ghost / Half the Things / Reflection / Open Book / Always / James / Building a Wall / Lost Little Boys / I Like Not Knowing
Review & photos by Phoebe Reeks
Fatherson – Charm School