ARTIST: Motion City Soundtrack
SUPPORT: ME, Now Now
VENUE, TOWN: The Haunt, Brighton
DATE: 18th September 2012
Photos by Rachael-Emily.com
Aussie four-piece ME kick things off tonight with their dramatic and decadent rock’n’roll. The half-full semi-cold room isn’t quite ready for dandy frontman Luke Ferris’ vocal gymnastics – it is 7pm on a Tuesday – when the band start. But three songs in and the crowd is pressing forward, intrigued. Epic tracks ‘Westward Backwards’ and ‘Like A Fox’ make a lasting impression, and the band close their set with bassist Michael Godde joining Spike Rogers at his drumkit, whilst Ferris takes over bass duties. One of the most exciting bands of 2012, you should definitely keep an eye on ME.
Second support comes from Minneapolis-based shoegazers Now Now. Their structure-less never-ending songs stub out any atmosphere created by ME and whilst they get a few supportive cheers at the beginning of their set, interest greatly wanes as their confusingly dull music fails to excite. Their bizarre mismatched style – bowling shoes and a Harley Davidson waistcoat – is a bit try hard, however the band redeem themselves by selling t-shirts emblazoned with ‘Meow Meow’ and a picture of a cat, apparently completely unaware of the slang term for mephedrone.
By the time headliners Motion City Soundtrack hit the stage, The Haunt is chockfull. The Minneapolis emo-pop quintet open with 2003 single ‘My Favourite Accident’, followed by ‘Broken Heart’ and ‘Her Words Destroyed My Planet’. Synth player Jesse Johnson thrashes about at the side of the stage, whilst cameras in the crowd point and flash at big-haired frontman Justin Pierre. The band is uncompromising in their performance, and their energetic show incites a circle pit towards the middle of the teeming crowd. Closing with ‘The Future Freaks Me Out’ is maybe apt for this audience of students and teenagers, but who’s thinking about the future tonight?