LIVE: Big Spring

Melody-driven London alt-rock four-piece Big Spring played an incredible show at Camden Assembly on a spring Tuesday night. They are full of swaggering confidence which greatly complements their raw, visceral riffs. Pulsing with roaring power, they rip into a mighty set – it’s frenetic and spills over with infectious adrenaline.

They’re an incredibly fun band and the vocal range is staggering, with vocals that are bold and dynamic. I remember seeing them live for the first time two years ago and I can see that their energy and charisma on stage has not changed – in fact, intensifying if anything.

The room is packed an everyone is screaming their name loud and clear before they hit the stage for a set that is a mix of old and new. Big Spring are clear that they want to deliver big, hard-hitting songs and that they want to kick off the constraints of genre labelling. There is certainly a very eclectic mix of styles in their music with guitar solos reminiscent of the prog rock giants of yesteryear. Add a dash of metal and a liberal dollop of British indie-rock and you arrive at a style that is all at once familiar and alien.

Morale, a three-piece band from Guildford, were the main support of the night. The idea of their music is pretty simple: they make music that they believe in. They take so many different musical influences without trying to be like anyone in particular or fit any trends. Their sound is heavily drenched in nostalgia, but blended with a fresh and modern edge.

Heavy Heart are a British alt-rock band from London. They, like many others, began as a bedroom band crafting their sound. Their music is so beautiful, but also haunting, creepy and really gets under your skin. Most of the songs have a kind of ethereal vibe and it really feels like you are on another planet and it is so easy to get lost in them, largely thanks to the dreamy voice of vocalist Anna Vincent.

Sick Joy are a trio from Brighton. Their music aims to bring back the power of the music from the 90’s by blending their mix of hooky and poppy grunge. The came on stage with little more than a wave in the direction of the audience, instead launching straight into their set with ferocious deliverance, working the crowd up with their dirty riffs and punchy lyrics. No gimmicks or eccentricities, just honest song writing and lofty guitars. It’s a winning formula.

Words and photos by Selena Ferro

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