Live review: Wilson @ The Joiners, Southampton, 3/3/2016
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For almost two weeks now, the hard-rocking Wilson and the supporting Reigning Days have been running amok all over the UK. For both bands, it has been a fortnight of booze, fuckery and rock n’ roll, culminating in tonight’s intense, insane, “tasty nasty” tour finale in the Southampton Joiners. The end of any tour is always a time for a band to bring out the big guns, and tonight is no exception. Not one, but two local acts provide the warm-up for a rowdy (and somewhat intoxicated) Southampton crowd. First among them is sludge/grunge/punk rockers Arid Wave (★★★★☆). Immediately it becomes apparent that the angst-ridden trio are the local sweethearts as – especially for an opening band in a smaller venue – they receive an amazingly warm response from the not-quite-drunk audience. Many an Arid Wave t-shirt can be spotted as the band begins their set. For half-an-hour, the Southampton three-piece give their hometown a Nirvana-esque kicking, even as guitarist/vocalist Ben Palmer’s guitar strap snaps halfway through their set. Arguably the strongest aspect about Arid Wave’s short performance however is not the music – which, don’t get me wrong, is utterly fantastic – but the band’s charisma. Palmer and bassist/vocalist Brogan Turner’s interactions both on the microphone and off are just naturally likeable, showcasing just how much passion this band has for the music it makes. Arid Wave’s set peaks at their cover of T-Rex’s classic '20th Century Boy', before the group go on to tease new material from their upcoming EP. Overall, the young Arid Wave provides an amazing opening performance, setting the bar high for the next act: Lonely Dakota (★★★☆☆). The second of tonight’s dual local bands, Lonely Dakota’s set is sadly marred with technical issues before it even begins, as difficulties with the band’s guitars seem to delay the start of the performance. And towards the middle and end of the show, these problems only resurrect themselves: guitars come through the amp clean when they are meant to be distorted, and sometimes even cut out altogether. Yet, aside from this, Lonely Dakota put on a solid performance. Their style of music is that of standard modern rock, providing plenty of power chords and melodic vocals. There’s nothing wrong with what Lonely Dakota play, but to truly excel, the band need to defy more typical rock conventions and create something that surprises audiences. Whether that be musically or in regard to their live shows, the band needs to add a twist to their music, even if it is a very small one.
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