Packed from the moment the doors opened, the venue played host to gig number one on Those Damn Crows’ new release tour. Despite vocalist Shane Greenhall’s tongue in cheek comment that we were probably getting the short end of the stick being the first stop as “things would only get better”, it was obvious that their loyal following heartily disagreed.
Their sophomore album ‘Point of No Return’ mixes their earlier penchant for harder rock in with more introspective tracks, even veering at times into ballad territory. Variety is no bad thing though (unless you’re post 2006 Muse) and their setlist played to the strengths of their evolving sound. Let’s walk things back to the beginning.
Openers Tribeless kicked things off with a solid mixture of great riffs from Latif Bryant (choppy early Biffy Clyro meets anthemic alt-rock) driven by Max Rhead’s beats and pulled together with powerful vocals supplied by Lydia McDonald.
Playing through their 2020 ‘Gravity EP’ to a very receptive crowd, the three-piece did the packed room justice with a blazing 30-minute performance. It set a pace which wasn’t let up for the remainder of the night.
Followed up by the mighty Florence Black, whose opener can best be described as Deftones meets Alter Bridge. Things went from strength to strength as the Merthyr Tydfil trio rode a sea of horns through a powerhouse set spanning EPs I, II and the ‘Final EP’. There was also a nifty little nod to Jimi Hendrix thrown in for good measure.
Tristan Thomas and co. left the stage on a real high having gotten everyone suitably hyped to welcome the headliners.
Those Damn Crows were greeted as most bands would hope to be, by a roaring crowd of which at least 25% were rocking their new merch. This ratio would increase as the set went on. It was certainly one of the most passionate crowds I’ve seen. Especially crammed into the intimate Times Square venue.