In a room above a pub in central London, a young Scottish guy comes on stage. We’ve travelled on bus, train and tube to get here – to East London’s hip district. The room is packed, and we know nothing about the support act: Fatherson. It turns out not all his bandmates could make the gig and he’s travelled down from Scotland, likewise on the bus, to be here. He also tells us that he was getting back on the bus that evening (with his equipment) and will be graduating the next day. We hoped he his performance was worth the epic journey, and weren’t let down; from the first track vocalist Ross Leighton’s heart breaking tone and lyrics turned heads. We forgot the rain, the journey, and thoroughly enjoyed the performance.
Fatherson were supporting Lonely the Brave that night, and now here they are, coming to Brighton’s The Hope and Ruin as part of their headline tour across the UK, starting in Dundee on 5 February.
The three-piece band from Kilmarnock are comparable in melody and style to Biffy Clyro. Listen to ‘An Island’ and ‘Hometown’, or notably their single ‘I Like Not Knowing’.
Great stuff. Go see them. They’re ace and I for one can’t wait to see them at their full complement.
Tickets £7 each + booking fee, available here.
By Lou Clement