Gig Review

The Xcerts, Pegasus Bridge
Manchester, Roadhouse
25th September 2010

Futures                   The Xcerts                        Pegasus Bridge
Pegasus Bridge are part of the fine crop of young, up and coming bands signed to the excellent Manchester based label LAB Records. In a room this saturated with teenage girls, they were never going to struggle to make new fans, but tonight they prove that they are more than capable of producing as much in the way of substance as they are style. With most of their set being stripped from their soon to be released While We’re Young EP, Pegasus Bridge seem reenergised and ready to take on the Roadhouse with their indie power-pop. They close their set with the sublime ‘Yoko’, which has Radio 1 A-List written all over it.

Next up are Aberdeenshire come Brighton trio The Xcerts. With the debut album In The Cold Wind We Smile under their belts and a second full-length Scatterbrain due for release in a matter of weeks, the young threesome do not seem perturbed by the rather odd under billing of this tour. They rattle through a short half hour set, showcasing new tracks such as ‘Slackerpop’ and manage to keep the hardcore contingents happy with older tracks such as ‘Do You Feel Safe?’ and ‘Crisis In The Slow Lane’. For many down the front, The Xcerts don’t epitomise the happy go lucky attitudes of tonight’s headliners, yet for the old boys at the back, they are one of the most exciting bands around.

Tonight’s headliners are Futures, a band that seem to have the Midas touch. Recently signed to Mercury Records, they seem to be riding on the crest of a wave straight towards the top. Since releasing their debut mini-album The Holiday as a free release with Rock Sound magazine earlier this year the band hasn’t stopped, clinching headlining spots at Slam Dunk Festival and winning over scores of adoring fans along the way. Tonight’s 9pm curfew means that many are able to stay up past their bed times resulting in the almost immediate selling out of this venue.

Despite appealing to a younger audience, Futures seem to have a maturity many years their senior. They appear to be old hats when it comes to putting on a live show, knowing exactly which songs to play and how to ensure people have a good time; a testament to how hard they have worked in the last year. Songs such as ‘Sal Paradise’ and the obvious set closer ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ sound too big for a venue of this size, but it’s this aura surrounding Futures that make them such an exciting prospect.

Pegasus Bridge: 4/5
The Xcerts: 5/5
Futures: 4/5

Review By Ben Connell


Ant West
Casey Roarty
Christian Ward
George Lindsay

 The Xcerts

Murray Macleod
Jordan Smith
Tom Heron

 Pegasus Bridge

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 Band Related Links
Futures Myspace
The Xcerts Myspace
Pegasus Bridge Myspace
 Review Score Code
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- Pretty damn good
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