LIVE REVIEW: The Maine, Lydia & Nick Santino @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

All photography is credited to Chris Clough.

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Opening the night was Nick Santino, a solo acoustic artist from Massachusetts. Probably better known as the frontman of “A Rocket To The Moon“, he’s come a long way since the early material he released under that moniker,with a more mature sound. A solid performance and catchy tunes warmed the audience up nicely, and friendly banter between songs made the set more entertaining, despite him ruining the ending of Breaking Bad for anyone who hasn’t seen it.

Next up were Lydia, a four-piece from Arizona, with a beautiful mix of indie rock and emo. Echoey guitars and synths from Justin Camacho and Matt Keller formed an atmospheric, sometimes ambient base, to Leighton Antelman’s delicate, haunting vocals. The songs were well-crafted, reminiscent of The Almost and As Cities Burn. They seemed to have fun playing – Antelman’s child-like grins conveying his excitement at playing to such a large crowd – and their positive energy was infectious. A stunning performance.

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Finally, The Maine took to the stage with their unique brand of pop-rock with a country twist. Confident from the get-go, vocalist John O’Callaghan quickly had the audience singing along to every word. Solid guitar work from Jared Monaco and Kennedy Brock, and pounding drums from Patrick Kirch kept the beat flowing, while bassist Garrett Nickelsen raised energy levels through the roof by running all over the stage. With over half of their set list full of their classic hits including ‘We’ll All Be’, ‘Kiss And Sell’, ‘Don’t Stop Now’, ‘Into Your Arms’ and ‘We All Roll Along’ more than pleased their fans who have been there since the beginning of the band’s career.

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Written by Chris Clough.