Following the release of their debut EP In The Back of my Mind, Pop-Punk freshers Maypine hit the road on a tour of the UK alongside local scene veterans Better Than Never, yet unfortunately as the British rail service continues to be useless, we were unable to watch them likely blow the roof off of Torquay’s Attic. However, that in no way deteriorates the impressive performances delivered by the bands on the bill.
Opening the night as the audience spills through the door are Wolf Culture, who seem to be the least alluring on the bill in terms of crowd turnout. Despite this, the quartet blare through a huge array of styles and tracks, leaning from pop-punk blazer on their opening track, to Black Foxxes-esque grungey mood-breakers. Despite being unable to whip the crowd into a frenzy alike what is yet to be seen, this delightful display of musical fluency (alongside covers of both Fall Out Boy and The 1975) helps the band prove themselves worthy of the attention of everyone in the crowd, and they leave the stage having left a smile on the audience’s faces.
Next up to the plate is Torquay’s finest Torre Valley, arriving with the make-do attitude that aids them with their music, especially as for today, one half of the two-piece has been replaced in form of stand-in drummer James Borer. The crowd don’t seem to be enticed into their appeal (safe for a few finger-pointing singalongs) until penultimate track Pillow Therapy, which prompts fans to jump on each other’s backs, shove each other about and bellow the catchiest lyrics ever penned to paper right back at frontman Jed Turner, bringing their set to a magnificent and smiley close.
Next up are one of the highest anticipated acts of the evening, Bristol’s own Montroze, who come away from the evening with the clear crown. From start to finish their set is energetic and defiance, and their stage presence instantly whips the crowd into excitement, and opener Walking Contradiction is a singalong masterpiece. Their set never loses energy, and closers Somewhere I Belong and Underperformer push the crowd to their limits, with the crowd becoming one large push pit, and as the final riff plays out the crowd are beyond satisfied. A HUGE win for the Bristol bruisers.
And finally (for us) are the Eastbourne five-piece Maypine, evolved from their days as All That We Are, and with a whole new EP of material to perform. And good god, do they PERFORM it. Frontman Jason begins with some clear nerves, slightly holding himself back, but as the set presses on into the massive Inside Out and their stonking cover of Coldplay’s Fix You, he lets himself truly go as the crowd cannot help themselves but blare the words straight back at him. A couple of technical hitches attack the lead guitars during A Little Sooner, yet the band plough on with hope in their hearts and the purest pop-punk tracks to bring with them. Emotions bubble to the surface during heartbreaker Never Far Apart, and as the crowd are saved by hopeful track Day After Day to close the set, the crowd have no choice but to remember Maypine’s name. A win for the native Eastbourners, proving endlessly that they are very much worth all of your attention.