Verses @ Swindon The Victoria ★★★★☆

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Tonight is the start of UK’s rock newcomers Verses headline tour in support of debut album ‘Feel It Faster’.  Swindon isn’t usually known for housing such tours for bands like Verses but there’s an air of anticipation in the venue tonight…

SS3 piece Somewhat Snakes kick tonight off with a raucous set of blistering and battering punk rawk with guitarist and main vocalist Jake Oxford  dragging his mic out into the crowd and getting in the audiences faces. With songs thats resemble Every Time I Die  meets Metallica  at times and a cover of Electric Six – Gay Bar  the lads go down a storm despite the sparsely filled room.

AEASwindon’s very own All Ears Avow take to the stage next with their brand of atmospheric emotive rock, fronted by Claire Sutton  whose vocal range tonight gets better and better with each song that is bursting with power. Bassist Joe Bishop  looks and plays like he should be in a prog band and even Incubus spring to mind, but he plays flawlessly and produces some of the best gurns and faces we’ve seen on a stage. Big tunes and a great performance to keep momentum going tonight, AEA are onto something here but need to find that killer…something to add fuel to an already steady burning fire.

TT7Main support throughout the tour comes in the form of Take The Seven who hail from Sheffield. Inbetween playing tracks not too far off the likes of You Me At Six  the 5 piece indulge in some light hearted banter with themselves and the crowd. It’s easy to see why Verses have brought these guys along for the tour with a performance of real energy and well honed songs that bring a sense of professionality to tonight. Announcing before every  song who they are as some sort of in-joke and asking us if there’s a Subway, as they couldn’t find one…there’s about 4 ten minutes or so from the venue boys. Closing with ‘Welcome To My Town’  brings the first sing-along of some proportion and prepares the crowd for tonights headliners…

VersesVerses make their way to the stage to a raptourous applause that they initially seem to be taken aback by, with this being their first ever time in Swindon. Smiles form on the faces of the band as they play material from debut album ‘Feel It Faster’  that has only been out for a couple days. A terrific sound and a winning stage presence sets the band up perfectly for a successful opening night. ‘Making Statues’  and ‘We Live In The Sky’  draw out a mass interaction from tonights attendees and this looks to enhance Verses performance with frontman Jason Danzelman  making his way to the front of the stage and getting in the faces of the front row. There’s slower moments which break up the rock vibe of the night and is a welcome change to see that the guys can change it up and add different dynamics and diversity within their set which is maybe why they’ve accumulated slots at Hit the Deck and Slam Dunk festivals of late. By the end of the night the room is brimming with people and smiles all round on and off the stage. Verses first time in Swindon and hopefully not their last…