The Birmingham indie pop trio kicked off their tour with a bang on Wednesday night at Bristol’s Thekla with support from Swindon band Rain and Cosmo Pyke. Simplicity has been out for a good few weeks now, and the crowd were more than comfortable with the new tracks, screaming back every single word. For me, and several other writers for Let It Happen, Simplicity is one of the best albums of the year.
(Albums of the year post coming very soon, keep your eyes peeled)!
Rain started the night explosively, blowing the audience away with their ’90s My Bloody Valentine type guitars and ambient vocals. Tracks ‘Lethargy‘ and ‘Indigo in Blue‘ absolutely blew me away. Keep your eyes peeled for this band, they have a massive future ahead of them.
Listen to Rain on SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/rainisaband
Next up was Cosmo Pyke, the King Krule and Mac Demarco influenced 18-year-old songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Peckham. Raised on a diet of blues, jazz, hip hop, and neo-soul, he writes warm, lo-fi songs that he describes as “spacey, beautiful, and lazy”. His songs draw less on other music and more on his everyday experiences growing up in south east London: reading books, going to pubs, playing football, and other simple pleasures in life.
Cosmo had the crowd dancing and smiling with his soothing voice and exquisite guitar techniques. He played a seemingly effortless set, made up of an almost entirely new setlist, playing old SoundCloud favourite ‘Curser’s Lament‘. Check out Cosmo Pyke here: https://soundcloud.com/cosmopyke
Jaws finally graced the stage at 21:45 and received massive applause and cheers from the jam-packed venue of eager fans. They opened with new album opener ‘Just A Boy’ and then went smoothly into fan favourite ‘Stay In’. The crowd were amazing, ensuing in mosh pits consistently and people popping up on friends shoulders all over the place. As it was the first night of the tour, JAWS played many a song live for the first time, and they did so flawlessly with ’17’ with it’s bass fuelled electronic breakdown, ‘In The Morning’ the grunge-esque, dark track that enraged probably the heaviest pits of the evening and ‘A Brief Escape From Life’.
Stand out tracks of the night that really got the crowd going were ‘What We Haven’t Got Yet‘ and ‘Cast‘ as front-man Connor Schofield screams “Nobody is on their own“. Sadly I had to leave slightly early to catch my train and missed penultimate tracks ‘Be Slowly‘ and ‘Gold‘ which I am certain were the perfect way to the end the night.
It was an amazing night and quite possibly one of the best line-ups of a gig I have ever witnessed, the support acts were immaculate and JAWS absolutely killed it! The tour is now in full swing after playing a sold out show at The Dome, London yesterday. Enjoy yourselves if any of you lot are lucky enough to have tickets for the remaining dates of the tour, you’re in for a treat that’s for sure.
For anyone who is interested, the setlist for the tour is as follows:
It’s not too late to buy tickets for the rest of the tour: http://www.songkick.com/artists/493207-jaws
JAWS have just recently announced a further three tour dates in April, tickets are on sale now: https://t.co/9lAiNIlKoE
Words by: Ben Davies