Atlas, Wheres Billy and Vivid Nation at The Beercart Arms, Canterbury, Kent : 09/10/12

The 9th of October started with some sad news.  Headliners Evarane had to pull out due to illness.  Happily though for the gig going adventurers of Canterbury there were still three bands ready to fill their ears with sweet noises.  Atlas, Where’s Billy and Vivid Nation were the weapons of choice organised by Below the Radar Events and Promotions.  If you were twelve and playing Pokémon ‘Super Effective’ would have come up on the screen as these bands did music related things on stage.

The first band up were Atlas.  A big night for them, it was the launch of their debut E.P Hit the Deck.  Right from the start a crowd gathered around the band as they played their new tracks.  The best thing about the bands performance was the enjoyment streaming from their faces like illegal downloads from a torrent.  This happened despite the show also having a sad milestone attached to it.  Guitarist Cairns played his last show with the band, not that you could tell looking at them on stage.  Along with some tracks avid fans enjoyed the band also threw in a cover of Foo Fighters.  Never a bad decision!  Bring back some memories or hear what you missed by getting their E.P for free on Facebook.

Wheres Billy took over next, another band that clearly enjoy having a stage to make loud noises from.  The Tonbridge Wells band used The Beercart to end their summer tour.  As the band played, their hard hitting brand of rock cartwheeled into people’s faces (in a good way).  Not just there to kick out sounds though the band demanded a little participation from the audience.   Friendly and relaxed with the crowd they even dedicated songs to random audience members. Whilst the whole set sounded accomplished tracks such as Tears & Essays stood out and showed the bands calibre.  Lucky fans that were there got their hands on a copy of the E.P Forcibly Fed.  Being one of them I have to say it’s a bit good!  A highlight, for the band at least, came when they were asked to turn their guitars up.  The band even converted at least two new people to the cause.  As tour endings go this has to be a good way to end one.

Vivid Nation headlined the affair.  The bands atmospheric sound drifted around The Beercart like sonic mist.  The bands atmospheric guitars and insistent vocals, along with a powerful backline soon showed why the band don’t have many equals.  The band matched the energy levels set by Atlas and Wheres Billy as concentration and passion etched their way over the bands faces.  The band played a strong set filled with standards like We Are Not Built the Same as well as their latest single You Just Gave It Away.  The set built to a frenzied ending which saw Vivid Nation’s Rhys Taylor playing from the crowd.  Finishing the set the band yielded to demands to do an encore.  They launched into Don’t Let Me Down, not a cover of the Beatles track but a good song in it’s own right.

Even at three band this was a strong line-up that delivered three strong sets.  Find all these bands live and watch them!  You won’t be disappointed!

Below the Radar Event and Promotions on Facebook

Atlas on Facebook

Wheres Billy on Facebook

Vivid Nation on Facebook

David Horn

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