The Lathums digitally conquer Blackpool Tower with their energetic live performance
Wigan indie sweethearts The Lathums made a long-awaited return to live performance last week as they graced the stage of Blackpool Tower.
The Wednesday night performance was their first since February and went out as a ‘thank you’ to fans. Pre COVID one of their tickets were like gold dust as they gained a strong fanbase from taking the UK live scene by storm with sell-out tours, support slots and festival appearances.
But not even lockdown can stop The Lathums’ rise to success. From recently making an appearance on Later with Jools Holland, landing in the UK Albums Top 20 in July with ‘The Memories We Make’ EP, and hitting number one in the UK Vinyl Singles Chart in September with ‘All My Life’, they have made 2020 a memorable one in spite of everything.
Their performance was filmed in the Tower’s ornate Circus Room 158 metres above the ground. All red carpets and chandeliers, the historic venue looked amazing as it flooded with translucent lights and the lads opened up with the classic ‘Villainous Victorian’. The track in on the heavier side but frontman Alex Moore’s vocal delivery was calm and controlled, making for a perfect theatrical opener. Following was ‘Fight On’ which is fast and well-constructed, Moore really shows off his song writing skill and vocal gymnastics for this one.
There was a change of pace with sombre ‘Crying Out’, a track perfectly suited to Moore’s beautiful soft vocals as he pulls off smooth long notes. Next, they played banging new track ‘Foolish Parley’ followed by ‘I Know That Much’ which is really taken to another level live as Scott Concepcion particularly stood out on lead guitar. They absolutely nailed the funky basslines and delicate vocal delivery on ‘This Place O’ Yours’.
You hear a variety of influences on their optimistic, jaunty new track ‘Corporation Street’ including some Smiths style yodelling and, unsurprisingly, some hints of James Skelly too. Next ‘It Won’t Take Long’ breaks in with some dirty guitar riffs, filled to the brim with rock swagger, flashing lights and frantic drumming from Ryan Durrans. The highlight of the set for me was ‘All My Life’. It really slowed the set down with delicate trembling notes, inspirational lyrics and Moore’s untouchable despairing vocals.
The tone changed again and things swerved towards the surreal with ska influenced ‘I See Your Ghost’. Impressively quick lyricism, unmatched energy and driving basslines flawlessly delivered by Johnny Cunliffe. Smooth guitar licks lead heavy hitting ‘The Great Escape’ providing an anthemic sing along moment for fans at home.
The set draws to a close with ‘Artificial Screens’ and ‘Time For Me, Light For You’. The former is exceptional with soaring vocals and a naughty guitar solo at the end, lights flashing in time with the drums. The latter is a ballad, ending things perfectly on a sombre and heartfelt note.
The set provided some much-needed Wednesday night entertainment and was a pleasure to watch. Featuring long-standing favourites as well recent releases from their brand-new EP ‘Ghosts’, they really are a band who are at the top of their game right now.
You can catch The Lathums live next year on their 2021 tour or at one of their festival appearances including Sound City and Neighbourhood Weekender.
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