You know they mean business

“We’re playing with every breath in our fucking bodies!” pants The Subways frontman Billy Lunn.

From the moment the threesome take to the stage, you know they mean business. It takes them approximately a quarter of a bar of opener ‘Kalifornia’ to get warmed up and the evidence suggests The Subways are going for the ‘all’ part of new album title ‘All Or Nothing’ tonight as bassist Charlotte contorts and stamps her way around the stage while a topless Billy showcases some ink he will definitely regret when middle-aged spread sets in.

‘I feel guilty because it’s been so long,’ says Billy of the Welwyn Garden City trio’s absence from the live scene. Having undergone surgery for career-threatening throat nodules last year, you’d think he’d approach his vocals a little more gingerly. But every note in the frenetic set seems to come from the seat of his soul.

The pulsing crowd’s enthusiasm doesn’t abate as the band plough through blistering tracks, old and new (punctuated with Billy scaling amp stacks, leaping from the bass drum and crowd surfing], not once losing momentum. ‘Shake, Shake’ and upcoming single, ‘Alright’, are the stand-out newbies, and acoustic-esque ‘Strawberry Blonde’ was a welcome lull allowing the moshpit to catch their breath.

The Subways are the definition of a rock n’ roll band and the majority of the Koko crowd spilled onto the streets of Camden with a post-coital glow and an acute case of tinnitus.

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