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On a hot Saturday afternoon, fans are beginning to gather outside Rock City for the Nottingham date of Cabin Boy Jumped Ship’s UK tour. Following the successful release of their new EP ‘Pathways’, Cabin Boy Jumped Ship are preparing for the 3rd show of their tour.
Shortly after doors open, local band Wolves Don’t Sleep (7.5/10) are given the undesirable task of warming up a crowd at 6pm. It is hard to believe this band was formed less than a year ago as they deliver an incredibly tight set which gets the crowd pumped up and ready to go. Ending their set amongst the audience, having left the stage entirely, it is clear to see that this is a band to keep an eye on for the near future.
Hitting the stage next are TrueHeights (5/10). On first impression this band seem extremely well prepared as a huge array of lights and smoke machines are assembled on the stage. As the set begins, the audience are encapsulated by the combination of the impressive light show and the ambient opening track. However, the reliance on backing tracks soon causes an issue as technical difficulty after technical difficulty ensues, marring the dynamics and flow of the performance. The potential of this band is clear, but this particular performance was underwhelming and disappointingly cut short.
Chronicles (8.5/10) come flying out of the blocks next, and it is instantly clear the level has been taken up a notch. The excitement of the audience is ramped up as intense guitar riffs are played out, relentlessly, backed up by an insanely tight rhythm section. The two vocalists dovetail perfectly with an effortless command of the stage, guiding the crowd through well-paced, memorable songs.
The penultimate band On Hollow Ground (7/10) have big boots to fill, but do so very capably. It is clear to see why this band have been chosen to play Tech Fest this summer as a well composed set is delivered, complete with dramatic lighting and almost choreographed stage presence. A guest appearance from Conor Peek (Cabin Boy Jumped Ship) and a perfectly executed Limp Bizkit cover ensure the crowd are suitably warmed up for the main event.
Finally, Cabin Boy Jumped Ship (8/10) take the stage. This is a band that divides opinions in the extreme, but they are undeniably the best at what they do. A set list that’s seemingly hit after hit is delivered with aplomb, a perfect blend of catchy choruses and metalcore breakdowns. Just a couple dates in and the rest of this tour already promises great things.