Amaryllis @ The Garage 7/2/14 ★★★★☆

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 Midnight Playlist kicked off the night with their cheerful brand of pop punk. Frontman Aaron Akpojaros’ lovely vocals were perfectly complimented by their catchy melodies and strong choruses. Having already won WCGS’s Battle Of The Bands, this young four piece are clearly on their way up – check them out here.

Five piece AvaGrace took to the stage next, bringing their highly polished, alternative rock sound reminiscent of the likes of Mallory Knox and You Me At Six. Chris Hortons’ vocals are faultless, and the band may have influences but they clearly have a distinguishable sound of their own that is simply fantastic. Their songs have a sense of aggression, but also beautiful melodies combined with heavy guitars that result in a wonderfully energetic, entirely enjoyable set.

Following them were London based Under The Influence. Combining a unique mix of rock, rap and hip hop this band were the stand out performance of the night. With frontman Jack Murphy joining the audience on the floor for the entirety of their set, demanding your full attention which he deservedly gets, you can’t help but become swept up in the energy Under The Influence bring.

Under The Influence were a tough act to follow, but rock/post hardcore Our Theory did so with style. With intensive guitar riffs and beautiful melodic vocals as well as heavy growls from frontman Bastien Berhault, this band definitely left their mark on the night. With their debut album already featuring the likes of Bertrand Poncet (Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!), Our Theory are clearly going to go far.

Finally it was headliners Amaryllis‘ turn. The crowd had grown considerably in size by this point, and anticipation for their performance was high – they did not disappoint. Between the Lies is still a personal favourite, the lyrics seem to hold an incredible amount of emotion which is only intensified when seen live. Their new tracks were received just as well as their old and we’re extremely excited to hear their new EP. Every show this band seem to get even better, and if you haven’t caught them live yet then you’re missing out.

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(Photo by Saphron Barrett)