Your hometown debut EP release is supposed to be a party, it’s the coming together of a mash up of your mates from school, the mates you’ve made at your early gigs and hopefully, if you’re on the right track the last of this melting pot should be some fans. With the Wave Chase’s release show the band had the perfect scene set, their EP had been getting great streaming numbers for a completely independent release and to couple that the show had sold out a few days ahead of the night. With spirits high Wave Chase did not just bring their songs they brought, the party, the kind of night everyone there will have chiseled in their memory.
Like everything Wave Chase do it’s a communal affair, the boys have carefully selected the line with Bournemouth newcomers Annik opening the night before Southampton mentors and friends Juno took the main slot ahead of Bournemouth’s new favourite band Wave Chase. Annik got rule 1 right of being the first band on, if you’re lucky enough to get a good slot get people to the gig- the promoters and venue will appreciate it. And not only did they bring their mates, their mates brought their energy and stayed around for the whole night, that’s rule 2- nothings worse than everyone leaving after a certain band. Now to critiquing Annik as a band, they’re new, they’re a bunch of youthful upstarts and with that comes a learning curve. For Annik the learning curve is that they showed as a group they have a solid set of musicians and songwriters, but right now the sound feels a little unfocused hopping from genre to genre. It’s clear Annik are a band with a future, but with a few more gigs and sessions in the practice room we’re sure they’re a group of musicians who have got the skill to fine tune.
“This was Juno’s first visit to Bournemouth, but it won’t be the last- there’s a few new Juno fans in the Bournemouth scene after this performance.”
Juno are becoming a name on the Southampton scene having sold out their own headliners, but tonight they were in new territory playing their first Bournemouth gig. Juno showed that they have gig mileage under their belts and have the ability to handle not just their home turf. When Juno started their set the Annik fanclub had cleared the room, but as soon as Juno’s sound bled upstairs the room soon filled. With a slightly harder edge than Wave Chase the room not only filled but was soon moving just as furiously as it had for Annik. If you think of Wave Chase as The Kooks, Juno would be Catfish and the Bottlemen. Throughout the set Juno continued to display their showmanship commanding the crowd to sit and bounce back in on the launch of the chorus (a trick Wave Chase admitted on the mic stealing when they used it in their set). This was Juno’s first visit to Bournemouth, but it won’t be the last- there’s a few new Juno fans in the Bournemouth scene after this performance.
“[We may have witnessed] the best performance Wave Chase will ever perform, it was a party, a celebration, a crescendo of silliness and a thank you [to their fans].”
With the crowd pumped it was time for the most exciting thing to come from Bournemouth since Air Traffic- Wave Chase. Let it be said that this may be the best performance Wave Chase will ever perform, it was a party, a celebration, a crescendo of silliness and most importantly a thank you everyone who has supported the band in any way. Let it also be said with great excitement that, damn that was musically the worst we’ve ever seen the guys, but that was just perfect! We lost track of band members going on and off stage, rolling on the floor and the many guests singing vocals. We’ve been to many punk rock parties in the squats of London and quite frankly if you’d have chucked Wave Chase in a London squat that night even the grottiest, angriest punk would have said “fair play mate, these lads know how to put on a show”. As AC/DC once said “For Those About to Rock… We Salute You!”
Cheers Wave Chase, what a night!
Words: James Wadsworth @jamespart31
Photos: Abbi Draper-Scott abbidraperphoto.co.uk