The first band were Lights.Action!. I was pretty impressed with their sound and wanted to pick up an EP or album, unfortunately the band only had a one-track CD. Hopefully I'll see this band again, supporting someone else, but once they've released a CD, so I can pick it up. This is a band to look for in the future. Check out their MySpace page and listen to the tracks they've put up. The band fitted well in to the style of Anberlin, and if you like bands like Motion City Soundtrack or Fleeing From Finales then you should try and catch Lights.Action!.
Luke Pickett was second up. This wasn't my "cup-of-tea". Nothing really stood out for me, although I feel many of the people enjoyed the set (whether they just fancied him or liked his music is a contentious issue though...)
This is the first time I've been able to see Anberlin (well, supposedly I saw them supporting The Starting Line back in 2005, but I didn't know of them then...), after being very impressed with their album Blueprints For The Black Market it's the first time they've been in the UK for over two years. They're here promoting their major-label release of Cities. They were vocally impressive, their stage presence was confident & energetic and they played a range of songs from both old and new albums. However, I thought they ignored a lot of the amazing songs which I love from Blueprints For The Black Market, which was a big disappointment.
In-between the encore I thought about previous gigs I've been to and the lack of cover-songs bands tend to play nowadays. Strangely enough, when Anberlin returned for their encore they played Creep by Radiohead... but this slow cover was the only song they played during their encore, and then they left... I thought this was very weird.
Disappoints: The merch-dude only seemed interested in selling merchandise to hot blonde females. I tried three times to buy a CD, and failed. Secondly, like the previous week at the Plain White T's gig at Academy 2 in Birmingham, Anberlin played for less than an hour. And lastly, the sound (especially for Anberlin) was absolutely abysmal, this totally ruined the entire gig for me. It seemed the sound-engineer decided to keep turning up every microphone or simply fell on the controls. They sound was way too loud and just noise. I say "Off with the sound engineers head"...