Sweaty. Energetic. And long-ly anticipated. Before even getting to the marrow of the bones of this show, it was in short, one to remember.
Counterfeit are the most attitude fueled Punk/Rock band you can find. Hailing from London and joined by Tigress and FAUX, it was set to be an evening that got everyone off their feet, yelling at the top of their lungs and psyched into a frenzied Mexican-wave, front to back.
Starting off things slow, yet in a beautiful, ‘dirty pop’ form, were FAUX. As the openers of the show, a lot of pressure is placed upon the shoulders of such talent, and we can see why they earned their colours by joining this Tour. Different, and distinct, FAUX put a chilled, relaxed indie vibe into the room like a virus. It just infects us all and puts you at ease, allowing you to enjoy the music for what it is and getting you loosened up ready for the carnage to come as the Headline creeps forward to it’s dawning hour.
Up next were Tigress, who sadly, put on a fantastic performance, but are a direct copy and paste of ‘Riot’ era Paramore, which inevitably ruined it for themselves. They got the crowd moving, they got the room energized, but fell on deaf ears for some who just found it to be a doppelganger of Hayley Williams and Co. It wasn’t something many would go back to quickly to check out, or catch up with. They just did the job required, which was get people ready for the main act of the evening.
And finally, we have Counterfeit, who absolutely destroyed it. A memorable set, full of emotion and raw firepower. After touring Europe and half way through their overall UK tour, and hot off the heels of their previous show in Nottingham, the Punk/Rock outfit came out guns blazing with a full set of their debut album “Together We Are Stronger”. It spat venom, it hissed, it snarled and it sunk it’s teeth straight in your throat. But most of all it was heartfelt, it was honest and seeing Jamie Bower climb over the barrier, stand front and centre of the room, Mic mounted in it’s stand, guitar hung like a medal on his neck.
He slicked his hair back, his face red and his eyes wide. He looked at us. Stood before us all, as he explained the loss of a close friend who took his life, and told us about the work of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), it truly hit home. He told us the wonderful things they do, and how any of us who are affected by depression can confide in their music as well as the service and seek help. He thanked us all in attendance that evening. And he began to sing, and strum the chords to “Letters to the Lost”, which felt like a weight crushing your chest. The song was solemn, and it changed the pace tremendously. But it was a beautiful dedication to the memory of a friend who he loved and cared about.
If you haven’t caught Counterfeit yet, then don’t fret, and check them out at Slam Dunk this May on the Impericon Stage. We also have a full interview covering everything from the album’s release, to the more finer details surrounding Jamie, Sam, Tristan, Jimmy and Roland.
Counterfeit put on a powerful, energetic, raw and heartfelt show, displaying that they are a force to be reckoned with. Combining Old School Punk with Modern Heavy Rock, they have the formula to be a huge success.