Gig Review by Laura Stancuta with Photography by Edward Taylor

19th of April I attended the penultimate gig organised by European Tour Collective, whereby Orchard Hill, Face the Ocean, Syren City, Speaking in Shadows and Nightlife descended on the Garage in London for an epic night of awesome homegrown UK rock.

Face the Ocean was the first band to play, greeted by an enthusiastic crowd. During their set I distinctively remember how great the vibes were most of all when their song Let it Go started, (which gave me the chills.) Furthermore the keyboard and riffs reminded me of Lake of Tears, but maybe that’s just me :).

Face the Ocean

Face The Ocean

Face The Ocean

Face The Ocean

Suddenly my attention was grabbed by the bass chord falling out right in the middle of a song, with most of the audience none the wiser, the band committed to continue to the end of the song commenting sarcastically that it was the audiences fault they missed out on his epic bass solo. All in all a really great start to the night and would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for them but for now they have been added on Kerrang radio on the 21st on the fresh blood show with Alex Baker.

After a short break, Nightlife got up on stage. The London group are more than enough to get the public’s attention, as their sound is fresh and they really seemed to be giving it their all (the temperature got really hot by then) If you want to get your blood pumping check out their previous EPs here and they also have a new album out so no excuse not to get your fix of new music!

Nightlife

Nightlife

Nightlife

Nightlife

The following band Syren City was a great surprise, they had their own distinctive flavour compared to the other bands on the bill and were very visually commanding. The hardcore breakdowns and metal/groovy riffs (and those expressive moves) were enough to make any headbanger have fun, as I know the lads sure were! The public was a bit shy throughout the night though – which is a shame – as you can never go wrong with a moshpit here and there (Simon actually called for one then jumped in the public like a true rock’n’roll star). Needless to say I’m hooked on these guys energy and am now officially a fan.

Syren City

Syren City

Syren City

Syren City

Trying not to sweat too much, we went on to see Speaking in Shadows, which seemed to already have a solid fan base in the public. Adam’s voice is normally the main attraction with a strong ability to scream and sing like a boss. However it was obvious that the ongoing gigs were taking its toll on his voice, however it did not stop the crowd getting involved and waving their arms to celebrate Ali’s final run of shows as he is soon to leave the band forever.

I would strongly suggest checking these guys out at their new music video Scatter.

Speaking in Shadows

Speaking in Shadows

Speaking in Shadows

Speaking in Shadows

The headliner for the evening was Orchard Hill, which impressed the crowed till the every end with great energy, amazing vocals. Without a doubt these guys were in their prime.

The only female fronted rock band of the evening created a great connection with the audience. And surprised us all with their new song Earthquake which they have released a music video for just before the tour started.

Orchard Hill

Orchard Hill

Orchard Hill

Orchard Hill

All in all, an amazing night at the Garage and looking out for the next gigs in London. PEACE AND LOVE.

See the complete photoset here (65 glorious shots!)

One Response to “Orchard Hill + Speaking in Shadows + Syren City + Nightlife + Face the Ocean at The Garage, London, UK – 19th April 2016”

  1. Carmen Says:

    Very good review! I almost felt like beeing there, in that atmosphere…

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