When a well established UK rock band announce that they’re coming to a venue like The Cresset, you can guarantee the show will be one to remember.
Young Guns have been away from home for quite some time. The 5-piece High Wycombe rockers have spent the best part of 2 and a half years in the United States, touring and doing promotional bits here and there, following the success of their critically acclaimed 2nd Album ‘Bones’ across the pond. But now they’re back, and they’re better than ever.
Although armed with a bunch of great new songs from new album ‘Ones And Zeros’ (out on June 8th via Virgin EMI), the quintet opt for a set packed with more familair tunes tonight. That’s not to say that the new songs don’t go down a treat. Young Guns open with bouncy new track ‘I Want Out’, and the crowd goes wild. It is at this moment you realise that frontman Gus Wood has already got the audience in the palm of his hand. A commanding presence onstage, the singer holds the microphone out to the crowd during songs, who are only to pleased to scream the words back at him.
‘Stitches’ is a highlight from the set. In this song, Young Guns show their use of clever dynamics and a soft vocal tone, while keeping the guitars loud and the atmospherics alive.
The beginning riff of ‘Weight Of The World’ rips through the venue, and there is not a single person standing still, Gus Wood inviting the crowd to “join us and get off your feet!” It is clear that this is a firm crowd favourite, and the band knows this. Needless to say, it goes down an absolute storm, with the whole band smiling at the end of the song due to the massive reaction from the crowd.
Young Guns are definitely having fun. Considering how long they have been away, it is great to see nearly 500 people out on a Monday night to support the band (this is the biggest crowd on the tour so far), and it’s clear that the band have a strong following around these parts.
The band close the set with their biggest hit to date ‘Bones’. A stadium sized anthem, this song just builds into a wall of noise and a massive singalong chorus. The end notes ring out, and you’re left wondering how far Young Guns can go. If tonight, and the rest of the tour so far is anything to go by, the sky is the limit for these fiery young rockers.
Support came from Chatteris pop-rockers Phoenix Calling who did well and Essex indie-rock boys Nothing But Thieves who are on their way to big things.
Review: Shawn Radley
Young Guns Setlist:
I WANT OUT
AFTER THE WAR
BROTHER IN ARMS
WEIGHT OF THE WORLD
SPEAKING IN TONGUES
YOU ARE NOT