Live Review: Fatherson w/ Model Aeroplanes @ Potterrow, Edinburgh (16/10/14)

Words: Ian Clement.

2014 has been a great year for Fatherson. After releasing their debut in April they’ve gone on to perform on the King Tut’s stage at T in the Park and have just come off a European tour supporting We Were Promised Jetpacks before starting this current headline tour. The venues keep getting bigger and the fans are getting more passionate about their powerful and personal music.

First off though, we have Model Aeroplanes who were one of the best support acts I’ve seen in quite a while. Their passion was infectious as they used as much of the stage as possible whilst they performed their catchy pop music. They were also very comfortable at talking to the crowd and trying their hardest to get them to dance along to the music. They certainly did their job at not only getting the crowd warmed up for the main act, but to get people to pay attention to them and their own music. If they fade into obscurity into the future, I’ll be very surprised.

Fatherson @ Potterow Photo Credit: Stacey Miller

Fatherson @ Potterow Photo Credit: Stacey Miller

Shortly afterwards we had Fatherson’s frontman (Ross Leighton) take to the stage on his own, with nothing but two spotlights to light the stage as he starts with the intro to “I Am An Island”. It wasn’t until the rest of the band joined him that it all kicked off with one of the most passionate performances of the year. Not only did you have Ross singing every line so intensely that would you think he was singing the songs for the first time, but you also had the rest of the band (again) using the stage as much as possible, getting the crowd to sing along and it was clear that the whole band were having a blast on stage. Understandably, the set list consisted mainly of songs from their debut but they managed to drop a couple of older songs like “First Born” to add a bit more variety which was nice to hear. The enthusiasm kept going right up until the end of the night where it ended with the crowd and the band singing along to the end of “James”, with every member of the band beaming at the reaction.

It was clear after tonight that it’s going to be hard to ignore Fatherson in the future. They are able to put on a hell of a show with so much passion and enthusiasm that you can’t help but get excited about the future of the band. If you haven’t even heard of them before, then that’s going to change soon.

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