Freeze The Atlantic + LTNT, Ghoul
April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm£7
FREEZE THE ATLANTIC
Post-hardcore super group with members of Hundred Reasons and Reuben. Since the band started in 2009, originally by Andy Gilmour (Hundred Reasons) & Guy Davis (Reuben), Freeze the Atlantic have seen three different vocalists and two different bassists. One would think these changes would destabilise a band’s motivation, but with version 4.0 of the band FTA are exactly where they want to be.
2012’s debut effort ‘Speakeasy’ was an 11 track pop-rock powerhouse, featuring many faces from the band member’s histories; and subsequently its future. It was a statement of intent for Freeze the Atlantic and, whilst critically acclaimed, was a sign that there was so much more to come. Numerous UK & Ireland tours followed, with breakthrough performances at prestigious festivals and plays by Radio 1 & Xfm further developing their sound and growing fanbase.
Now, with renewed vigour, 2014 sees the band release their second, self titled album. Writing a brand new record with a new line-up has brought fresh ideas and new elements to a refreshingly British sound. Heavier, smarter and more accomplished; it encompasses all of this bands writing abilities and represents their yearning for more.
Psychedelic and heavy, their take on alt-rock is glorious and an excellent fit for the evening. A particular delight is their drummer whose lightning snare rolls and mercurial dexterity is a wonder to behold, though audience attention is split between him and their tousled frontman. Objectively Gonga’s delightful weave of passages and textures ticked all my boxes but LTNT’s electricity is much more on-point with the crowd as the energy grows for Brant Bjork’s eventual ascension.
A three-man Oxford band with a fetish for ghoulish masks and a line in punky music sporting heart-warming song titles such as She’s So Cold, Six Feet Down, and There’s Something Wrong With Sarah Jane.
Adv Tickets – £5
OTD – £7
Doors at 7:30pm
The Phoenix Bar