The Flatliners at The Dome - Tufnell Park!
Nervus opened the night, a Watford based indie punk rock band, their set was performed acoustically as they were missing their drummer, and nevertheless they did a good job of getting the crowd interested. Being the first band to perform that night might’ve been difficult even with a drummer, but Nervus certainly nailed it. Shrouded in red light, the band performed a short set of five acoustic tracks, which saw their keyboard player become ever more animated as the set went on.
Shit Present were the second band performing, a four piece group from Exeter, and fronted by Iona Cairns, the indie rock group took to the stage and launched immediately into their set. The lighting was quite dark to begin with, and the band’s music somewhat mellow, however as their performance continued the lighting became brighter, and the music heavier.
It was clear to see the band settling into their slot on the lineup with every song that passed, and with a drummer who radiated enthusiasm, and a band who were overall, able to connect and joke with the audience between songs, they made for the perfect warm up act for The Flatliners. By the time they left the stage the crowd was visibly excited for the rest of the evening.
The final support band of the evening was Prawn, an American indie rock band. From the get-go they had the crowd nodding and clapping along; Prawn played an energetic set, and cracked jokes with the audience throughout.
Catchy riffs accompanied by expertly executed drum beats and complimented by the moody lighting helped to bring the entire set together.
Prawn kicked off their set with Prolonged Exposure, First as Tragedy, Second as Farce and Greyhound. Musically, they’re a band that would appeal to fans of bands such as The Wonder Years and Diamond Youth.
Prawn closed their set with Hunter and Why You Always Leave a Note, by the end of their seven song performance the entire crowd was hyped up and excited for the headlining act. The gap in front of the stage had been filled by the audience, and the atmosphere in the room felt buzzing with energy and excitement.
At the start of The Flatliners' set Chris Cresswell appeared onstage equipped with his guitar, from the beginning he explained to the crowd that he was unable to sing to his full potential that night, so the crowd would have to help him, and they did not disappoint. The first song, Hang My Head was sung solo by Chris, before the rest of the band joined him onstage for the next track, Eulogy.
The lighting was largely blue and purple, and the room was packed with fans passionately singing along to each song. The addition of the rest of the band changed the feel of the show entirely, from a calm rock ‘n roll gig to a fun party atmosphere, fans could be seen doing shots of Jäger at the front of the crowd, and everyone was singing and dancing along.
Before The Flatliners came onstage, a bunch of bananas was placed on top of an amplifier, despite chants from the crowd to eat a one of them; Chris explained “The bananas are just there for show.” There were lots of instances like this throughout the night which saw the band engaging and joking with the crowd, and it was clear to see throughout their set that The Flatliners are a very close knit group of friends, as well as an incredible live band.
The set consisted of songs including Nicotine Lips, Carry The Banner, Human Party Trick and Count Your Bruises. Throughout the night the crowd danced and jumped along to the heavier songs, and listened respectfully and sung along to the quieter, mellower tracks. They closed their set with Here Comes Treble, Indoors, and Caskets Full. The response and participation from the audience coupled with a stellar performance from The Flatliners made for an all round exciting and memorable evening.