Review and pictures by Sophie Jones
Zac Farro is a name that will be familiar to many a 00’s rock fans after rising to fame as part of the Grammy Award winning band Paramore. But Zac is now steadily making waves with his new musical venture, Halfnoise.
Down at the o2 Academy in Birmingham the stage is set ready to welcome Halfnoise. The room is dark, ambient with the crowd scattered around the room talking amongst themselves while they wait, on stage there’s a backdrop containing homemade styled footage being projected creating that throwback feeling.
As Halfnoise took to the stage with their opening track, full of slamming tambourines on cymbals and a lot of dancing which inspired the crowd to do the same; from the start there was an uplifting positive vibe watching the band.
Now it’s not long before Zac finds himself back behind a tiny set of drums, which makes you wonder how such a heavy drum solo is possible. Throughout the show you can see Zac is miles away from the years spent behind the kit in Paramore. But getting to watch him perform with Halfnoise is something you can see he has complete control over and oozes confidence on stage whilst doing so resulting in the crowd seeing a sense of accomplishment with the band.
As the band take a moment to catch a breathe and tune guitars; Zac took that moment to thank the crowd for showing up and singing along. He couldn’t stop saying thank you, there was that many thanks I lost count but it just shows how humble the young artist is.
There was also talk of Greggs and Subway as Zac had asked the crowd what they had for lunch to get the crowd talking back to him; there was even a mention of Pie to which Zac said Birmingham you’re so healthy.
Now keeping with the theme of food it was said that everyone in the room was a treat! “It was a treat to be here playing for you…” and that the fans were all like Cadbury’s Chocolate Bunny Treats – which later became a running joke throughout the whole show with Zac randomly saying “treat”!
And thanks and after each song a random member of the crowd would shout “ Zac you’re such a treat”. Overall the show was a positive uplifting night and you could see how much Zac has grown as an artist and being able to show his multi-talents from Vocals, Guitar and Drums with Halfnoise just shows so much confidence.
HALFNOISE YOU’RE A TREAT!