The Subways live at ULU

The big new sound this little lot have cooked up

The Welwyn Garden City trio made the short trek from their hometown to its larger neighbouring metropolis last night to let the big city hear the big new sound this little lot have cooked up.

Ahead of the release of their long awaited sophomore album ‘All Or Nothing’, the trio took their new title quite literally while on this short tour – stopping off at small venues around the south of England and proceeding to blast the gathered crowd into submission with old favourites and their storming fresh counterparts.

Bounding on to stage, singer Billy Lunn and his drumming brother Josh were already half naked. Peroxide bassist Charlotte was, unfortunately, not. Launching with staunch old/new volatile smash ‘Kalifornia’ the band followed it with an early appearance from ‘Oh Yeah’, one of a handful of The Subways’ signature tunes, which incites a mini riot in this already rather sweaty students’ union.

Making the most of this pre-festival live outing, the band tested out their forthcoming album’s lynchpin tunes throughout the middle of the set – the hardcore following amazingly singing along note for note, while everyone else still leaping mercilessly around the foot of the stage. The devotion and energy of The Subways’ fans is astounding. The same can be said for Billy Lunn, who fearlessly dives head first into the baying mob in a brazen display of willful abandon and a deep faith in those below.

Rounding the evening off with a triple blow knockout, ‘With You’, new single ‘Girls & Boys’ and the Kate Moss endorsed ‘Rock And Roll Queen’ made sure that appetites were well and truly whetted, while a large number of t-shirts were indeed wetted.

It’s a welcome return then to the three young uns whose noise defies their numbers. Roll on the summer.

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