As December Falls – Glasgow, Audio – 15/12/21

Opening this packed-out show was Glasgow’s very own Pop Punk outfit WRTHLESS. Bringing a range of dynamic pop punk riffs and catchy sing-along hooks the band very fittingly got the crowd warmed up with some participation to help guide the music along particularly “I don’t think that we can be happy” being bellowed out by an audience that were sure to be engulfed in the welcoming energy of a hometown band cutting their teeth.

Now that the tone of the night had been set it wouldn’t be long until touring support act Y!KES would descend to the stage. This band gave off a very indie rock blend of grunge D.I.Y. attitude with blaring guitars and raspy vocals reminiscent of 90s Indie and Grunge scenes alike. With a bounce back of audience chatter on general topics such as selling Jesus’ sandal at the merch table it was safe to say the crowd were already invested in their set after 2 songs. As they ripped through their set with a presence larger than the venue I would not be surprised if Y!KES were delivering this energy on a major festival stage or sold out headline tour in a matter if merely years. As appropriate, the end of the set resulted in their frontman walking around dressed as a bear selling their merchandise…

Finally, it would be time for headliners As December Falls to take to the stage with the audience eagerly waiting. First the band would clamour and begin blasting out high energy pop rock riffs before frontwoman Bethany would fly across the stage and immediately grip the audience with her captivating, energetic presence. The band would play through a whole host of fan favourites such as Afterglow and I Don’t Feel Like Feeling Great. Embedded into their set was a perfectly executed cover of 00’s Pop Punk classic Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne which was always sure to go down a treat for the faithful crowd. The band would be beckoned to play an encore with the audience fully aware they still have some energy left to give and some unheard songs to sing. Overall I was largely unfamiliar with the band prior to this show but left a very impressed fan and follower due to the energy and clear passion in every note that was played and every manoeuvre on stage.

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