Live: Blitz Kids @ Sound Control, Manchester

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The Blitz Kids

A Blitz Kids headline show in Manchester has been long overdue and tonight the residents welcomed them back with open arms. Fresh off of tour with one of the hottest bands in the UK (Mallory Knox), performing an intimate set Sound Control, something of a home coming for the band that were originally from the Crewe/Nantwich area and Manchester, making this gig their long awaited return to their ‘hometown’. With the recent release of their second album ‘The Good Youth’, they embarked on a small album release tour.

First up on the nights schedule are a female fronted pop rock band based in Hertfordshire called Burn So Bright. Taking to the stage with an undeniable amount of confidence, they weren’t leaving until the party started. Even though they are described as  ‘five broke friends making music we love’, they’re not exactly inspiring. they are a band who still haven’t found their comfort zone when performing live, some aspects were a little painstakingly dull and sadly they seemed to be just like any other band trying to make it large in the music industry.

Burn So Bright

Next up was local band, The Cape Race, are an absolute treasure to find. Completely oozing with talent, they have managed to build up quite a following of fans who are willing travel to see them, but also those who can sing along no matter how new or old the songs are. During their time on stage, they played new (yet to be released material) in the form of their new single ‘Home Truths’ but also classics from their mini-album ‘Now, Voyager’. David Moloney (vocalist), has a phenomenally flawless tone and range to his voice. He is one to his own and mesmerises you in the process. Their performance was intact, down-right hilarious and never to be forgotten.

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The Cape Race

Finally before Blitz Kidz hit the stage, there was time for Hill Valley High to hit the stage, the band from Telford in Shropshire, are most commonly known for competing in the Red Bull Bedroom Jam, not long after they had took the stage, I had decided that it is safe to say that even though they are committed, they’re quite limited in terms of how far they can go. put simply, they re just another pop-punk garage band, though they did do enough to slowly become a crowd favourite with younger generation in the crowd. to me they really need an extra edge or something miraculous to get them where they want to be. this might be down to zero crowd interaction and not feeling tight enough as a band to gel and their songs seem to have a lack of memorable vocal melodies.

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High Valley High

The release of Blitz Kids’ latest album ‘The Good Youth’ could be described as the highlight of their career. Recorded in America by Goldfinger vocalist, John Feldmann, it is an album not to miss out on. On the mini tour which they headed out on in January, they played The Good Youth in its entirety. Even though they suffered from technical issues throughout the night, this didn’t alter the fact that they pulled out a performance which astonished the crowd. Joe James (vocalist) jokingly mentioned that ‘his instrument works, doesn’t matter about the rest’ to smooth over the time.

The Good Youth album received a huge reception, making it to number 5 in the rock album chart, this is most likely why Manchester show sold out a week in advance, something of an absolute triumph and show to look forward to. Smiles beamed on each and every one of their faces, as they couldn’t believe what was happening. Joe James was so proud of what they had accomplished that he took out his own monitor, and in the process took out Jono Yates’ monitor (guitarist). Hearing the songs that they’ve written sung back to them can only be one of the best feelings in the world.

Being on tour with various bands such as Mallory Knox, Lower Than Atlantis and Kids in Glass Houses has been a stepping stone for their career and has finally got them the recognition that they deserve.

Blitz Kids will be on tour supporting All Time Low in Europe. Dates are listed below.

February 16 – Helsinki, Finland
February 18 – Stockholm, Sweden
February 19 – Oslo, Norway
February 21 – Copenhagen, Denmark
February 22 – Osnabruck, Germany
February 23 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
February 25 – Munich, Germany
February 26 – Prague, Czech Republic
February 27 – Vienna, Austria
February 28 – Milan, Italy
March 1 – Bologna, Italy
March 2 – Rome, Italy
March 4 – Paris, France
March 5 – Zurich, Switzerland
March 6 – Cologne, Germany

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Written by Nikki Limbrick