Review: Lower Than Atlantis play intimate show at Cambridge Junction

Credit: Tom Pullen
Credit: Tom Pullen

With support from The Faim and Milk Teeth, LTA go back to their roots. 

As part of their huge UK spring tour, Watford rock quartet Lower Than Atlantis headed to Cambridge Junction in support of their recently released new studio album Safe In Sound. After nearly four years of patiently waiting, LTA fans were in for an absolute treat.

Breakout Aussie pop-punk band The Faim were first on stage, and what an excellent job they did in getting the crowd riled up. Kicking off their set with My Heart Needs To Breathe the four-piece jump right into what they do best – infectious pop-punk that’ll stay with you for days. Their high-energy performances are addictive and will win them fan in the UK in no time. The band’s debut single Saints Of The Sinners closes an impressive set. The track was co-written by none other than Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and reminds a lot of FOB latest record MANIA.

Credit: Beki Doig
Credit: Beki Doig

Next up are Gloucester punks Milk Teeth who have been making quite the waves in the UK punk scene. Vocalist Becky and her band rocked their way through tracks like Nearby Catfight, Stabbed and Swear Jar.  Milk Teeth also deliver an incredible high-energy performance with crowd participation included. If you had to pick two bands to warm up your crowd for you, Milk Teeth and The aim are probably one of your best picks.

Had Enough opened Lower Than Atlantis’ set and instantly shoots a wave of adrenaline through the venue. Everyone at Cambridge Junction was taking in the special feel of the night as this marked a rather intimate show for a band that has made its mark on the UK music scene with their legendary arena shows. But the sound stays the same, LTA pack all their oomph and drums and vocal power into this 850-cap venue.

“Run around, like a group of dickheads,” vocalist Mike Duce calls out to the crowd as the band launch into Work For It, off their recently released Safe In Sound record. The room really gets to boil when Duce ditches the mic and stage to play a vocal-less rendition of Far Q, the lead single off of the band’s debut album.

Credit: Tom Pullen

Taking things down a notch, or actually about ten, the frontman then plays an intimate, acoustic version of Sad Song with a seated crowd around him singing along, campfire-punkrock-style. With the first chords of Love Someone Else, Lower Than Atlantis turn the heat right back up – pint-chugging and crowd-surfing included.

The set closes wit a jaw-dropping encore consisting of 2014’s summer-feeling-inducing English Kids In America and Here We Go which really packs a punch and is the perfect closer. Finally, Mike Duce thanks the crowd with a cheeky “A lot of our mates’ bands have peaked or plateaued but we seem to be doing alright still.”

There are more live dates happening next month, so make sure you go check them out!

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