REVIEW: Fatherson @ The Hope and Ruin, 21/2/16

Fatherson are three/sometimes four piece Scottish band that are currently touring the UK. They have a big sound, with moments of heavy music intermingled with their frankly, sweet lyrics. Their lyricist has an art and it comes from matching awesomely big guitar sounds with the beautiful voice of lead singer Ross Leighton. It bloody works. It’s probably not that much of a surprise that I’m a fan, having loved Idlewild, Biffy Clyro and even the Proclaimers, given a dance floor and too many drinks.

There was a good crowd in attendance in The Hope and Ruin late on a rainy Sunday evening. The band belted out Hometown. One of my favourites and I sang along, top of my voice. Leighton beckoned for the crowd to step in closer. It was like receiving a hug from the band, they are genial and charming. It’s not just because they are Scottish, I’m sure. They are delivering crashing-guitars, memorable choruses, and they come across as really nice guys, the crowd appreciated it.

You can hear the distinctive accent in their lyrics, it’s pronounced and I really like that. They seem to echo an angst that has universal aspects, and it’s framed by beards, decent black specs and a lack of pretension – it’s refreshing. The band are there for the music, they work in a team and that is visible in moments of visual harmony in their performance – what do I mean? Well it’s difficult to put my finger on it, but it was, at times, like the song was one instrument – they were so well-rehearsed and yet it didn’t feel old and it had bags of energy. They have an ability to give prominence to all the instruments in play and this makes it feel like they are using all their abilities to deliver the performance. Come back soon Fatherson!

By Lou Clement

The Verse Staff

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