Support came from Leeds-based indie pop band Vitamin who were newcomers to London and provided a joyous/feel good set up for the main event. This was with a string of instantly catchy tracks which thanks to a charismatic frontman and softened, rhythmic guitar sounds seemed to ignite a bit of a spark in the audience.
The middle part of the relatively short 40/45 minute set featured 2 new songs which weren't particularly well-delivered by frontman Austin but his energy and enthusiasm was to be admired and sought after. This was carried on into fan favourites 'Francisco' and 'She Changes The Weather' with the latter of the two's signature piano intro and its dreamy, gentle tone sending the crowd into a state of delirium and delight. The initial conclusion of the main set came with the band’s celebrated hit ‘King City’ which with its instant familiarity to any Swim Deep fan sent the crowd into a chaotic, frenzied state to finish the provisional set.
With the large success of dream-pop first record ‘Where the Heaven Are We’, Swim Deep may struggle to reach the same heights with the forthcoming release of their second record. However, their existence as a thoroughly close and loveable band who with a wonderfully exuberant frontman (Austin Williams) contributing to their success as live act, means there is still a good chance they can hold their own in the current alternative music scene.
Luke Jewell (@heroicshart)