Review: Lower Than Atlantis Pvris and We Are The Ocean @ Newcastle’s Riverside
Three days into their 11-date headline tour Lower Than Atlantis stopped by Newcastle’s Riverside joined by Pvris and We Are The Ocean.
Eagerly lining up outside the venue was a sea of teenagers and music enthusiasts, waiting to get to the barrier. Kicking off the night was female-fronted alternative rock band Pvris. At first the crowd were reserved but a few songs in they warmed up as vocalist Lyndsey Gunnulsfen encouraged them to clap their hands and sing along.
This was my first time seeing Pvris and it’s the first time I have heard of them, but they impressed me. Powerful female vocals filled the room and the slight dance feel to the tracks had the crowd jumping up and down. Front woman Lyndsey had amazing stage presence as she got down to the barrier for their last song Our House. She had the crowd singing along and waving their hands in sync.
We Are The Ocean stormed onto the stage to be received with claps and cheers and kicked off their set straight away. The best part of this set was the touring keyboardist’s maracas. It took me back to music lessons in primary school with the soft percussion – he was really going for it with the maracas too – highly amusing for my childish mind.
Vocalist Liam Cromby channeled his inner Matt Bellamy (Muse) for their latest single Ark. The song finished and Liam’s strong vocals echoed throughout the crowd, it sent shivers down my spine and he was strongly applauded. Although musically We Are The Ocean were fantastic, their performance was lacking stage presence, the crowd weren’t jumping and singing as like they were for the lesser-known Pvris. They finished off with a fan favourite: The Waiting Room.
Finally the time came for Lower Than Atlantis to hit the stage. This was my third time seeing them so I already knew what to expect but they managed to impress and surprise me. They made quite the entrance coming on to the Star Wars theme tune. The crowd enjoyed it with screams echoing around Riverside. Last onto the stage was vocalist Mike Duce who kicked off the set with Criminal from their latest album.
Skip a song ahead to Love Someone Else and the crowd roared. The whole band had great energy and didn’t have to ask the crowd twice to clap or split the room for a circle pit. Possibly everyone’s favourite part of the night is when Mike split the crowd and got onto the floor to sing an acoustic rendition of Another Sad Song. Fans faces lit up, as their favourite front man was inches a way singing a beautiful song. Mike wasn’t afraid to get involved among the fans and this topped a great evening off at Riverside.