Gig Review: The Swellers @ Manchester Academy 3
Sunday December 4, 2011
Review and photography by Frances Roach
Two amazing shows were taking place simultaneously at the Manchester Academy venues on this rainy Sunday evening, with many gig goers opting for the show that was happening in the basement of the building (Glaswegian rockers Twin Atlantic), who ironically enough, announced the day after that they would be embarking on a US tour with The Swellers next year.
Me, like many others had a tough decision to make, however I opted for the band playing upstairs that I have been following for much longer. I’m pretty sure I made the right choice.
With a half empty room of relaxed viewers, this set up actually worked to the show’s advantage, with more of a glass-half-full view rather than a glass-half-empty. The inviting intimacy was present from the very start, with one man acoustic persona Into It. Over It., who received full attention and appreciation from everyone present as he talked and sang his way through his catalogue of memories and journeys, successfully carved into beautifully melodic songs. With a very impressive set of vocals for an acoustic performance and an instantly likable character, the audience are more than likely to welcome him back when he returns for more shows next year.
Next up is pop punk trio Broadway Calls, who picked up the pace and played a very good set- easy on the ears and also easy to appreciate. With 2009 being the last time the Oregon band have played over here and returning with a different bassist, they showed that they are definitely still continuing to rock. Nothing explosive, but sufficient enough to keep people’s eyes to the stage rather than the bar.
The Swellers take over to make their way through a well thought out set of songs that will appeal to fans old and new. With the majority of fans in the building being relatively new followers (most likely to be fans of The Blackout and Young Guns- British bands that The Swellers have toured with in previous months), the band are more than gratuitous. Opening with new song ‘Runaways’ from latest album Good For Me, before smoothly working their way through favourites ‘Dirt’, breakthrough single ‘Fire Away’, ‘Sleeper’ and ‘2009’, also slotting in classics ‘This Is My Everest’ and ‘Bottles’, from their debut release.
With a pleasant and welcoming aura in the room, it is apparent that the crowd and band share the same amount of respect for each other, Although the movement seen was limited, the mutual appreciation of everyone in the room made the atmosphere more special than any amount of circle pits or sychronised bouncing could achieve. Genuine band and genuine audience- I’m pretty sure that everyone involved will be more than happy to relive the night again at the next given opportunity. Let’s hope its not too long before they decide to return.
Check out this review of the Manchester show last week!
Also, don’t forget to get your tickets for the US co-headlining tour FAST! The tickets are selling quickly so get yours asap! It’ll be worth it, I promise.
So, last nights video chat went well right?
We had the chance to talk to the boys and hear whats going on with them.
And guess what? They have said, yet again, that this winter they will be heading our way. But the best bit? They went on to hint it would this time be a headline tour!
UK! Get pumped about this!
You can view the whole video chat at;