Aussie alternative outfit Chase Atlantic took over London’s Eventim Apollo for three nights with support from Xavier Mayne and Running Touch.
Friday night with Chase Atlantic sounds just about like what everyone at the Eventim Apollo needed at the end of a blue January week. And with the outside being windy, cold and wet, the band from down under brought the heat at their first live return to the UK in three years.
Kicking off the second night of Chase Atlantic’s London stint as part of their COLD NIGHTS TOUR was Xavier Mayne who delivered a rockstar opening set featuring tracks off his debut EP Twenty One.
Xavier’s set was swiftly followed by Running Touch, aka Matthew Victor Kopp – Australian producer and founding guitarist of nu metal outfit Ocean Grove. Having just released his debut solo record Carmine in May 2022, Running Touch was nothing short of the perfect mix of rock, performance art, and a big dash of swagger.
As the intro for Chase Atlantic echoes through the Eventim Apollo, the excitement of a predominantly Gen Z audience is at peak level. As the intro fades into Stranger Things with heavy drippings of R&B and licks of heavy melodies it becomes clear that Chase Atlantic have not come to play.
Playing many tracks of their 2021 record BEAUTY IN DEATH, the band’s Fearless Records debut, including its title track the band showcase their diverse talents and their ability to capture the audience from the first note until the very last beat. Looking around the room you see and feel nothing but love and ecstasy with hands flying through the air, dancing happening all around and phones capturing all the big moments for bursts of serotonin later on.
But the songs that seem to go off the most are those featured on the deluxe release of BEAUTY IN DEATH. Tour title song COLD NIGHTS and OHMAMI are definite crowd favourites. This not to say that 2017’s Swim doesn’t blow the roof off of the Apollo in Hammersmith that Friday night.
Sending us on our merry ways with OUT THE ROOF and CHXSE, the band have more than once made their appreciation of their British fans clear, stunned by selling out three shows at O2 Academy Brixton (the band’s original venue for their London shows). Their stage presence never wavered and though the genre doesn’t always suggest it, there is a uniqueness about Chase Atlantic – doused in confidence and humbleness all the same – that has them set for super stardom.
If the future is genre-less then Chase Atlantic will rule them all. Their combination of seductive R&B, memorable trap beats and anthemic heavy melodies makes every song an adventure.
So with millions of streams to back it all up, this Australian group is heading for nothing but big things in 2023.
Check out the full gallery of the show here.