Review + Photography by Gunnar Mallon

At the end of a full-on tour, Lower Than Atlantis treated Plug in Sheffield to a fantastic and fun evening of heavy hard-rock. Joined by The Faim and Boston Manor, they had chosen the perfect venue, known for its great party atmosphere, to end their tour on.



All the way from Perth, Australia, The Faim kicked off the evening with abundant energy and a youthful enthusiasm. It was clear that the four excellent musicians enjoyed every moment on tour with Lower Than Atlantis and they were greeted by an appreciative Sheffield crowd. The Aussie rockers have all of the ingredients to make it big, such as fantastic lyrics, a lovely synergy between band members and abundant musical talent. The only thing that was missing for me was a uniqueness in their sound, which I am sure will come with time.


Following their own US headline tour, Boston Manor joined Lower Than Atlantis for the ten shows this month. Pandering to the fans who like their music a shade heavier, Boston Manor didn’t hold back and absolutely killed it. With two long months of touring coming to an end before festival season, the Blackpool quintet took the last opportunity to leave it all on stage, and they did. A perfect prelude to Lower Than Atlantis.


Expecting hordes and hordes of crowd-surfers, security at front of stage was beefed up by what could only be described as a rugby club on a lad’s night out, signalling that the main act was about to take to the stage. Coming out firing on all cylinders, it wasn’t long until the crowd spat out the first youngling into the pit and then another one. After twenty minutes and with the concert in full swing, the guitars ‘cut out’ all of a sudden and lead singer Mike Duce was forced to grab an acoustic guitar, that happened to be to hand, and join the adoring fans in the crowd for an acoustic singalong performance. Standing in the middle of the venue, Duce was surrounded by sitting fans, as he performed Work For It and Get Over It. From this point on the show increased in wildness with a flurry of Sambukas being downed from the odd boot. It was clear that this was the last show on the tour, Lower Than Atlantis were having a whale of a time, the fans were loving it, and even the tie-wearing rugby security were slowly getting into it. A brilliant night all round.



Set List:

Had Enough
Ain’t no friend
Work For It
Get Over it
Far Q
Another Sad Song ()
Love Someone Else
I Would
English Kids
Here We Go


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