by Tim Birkbeck
In a modern wave of punk influenced indie rock Cloud Nothings and The Hotelier are among two of heavy hitters.
So when the two announced they would be on a tour together, the twinkly guitar lover in me screamed with delight.
As the unique setting of a boat in the form of the Thekla, in Bristol played host to the night of emotionally charged rock music.
With no local support it was Worcester four-piece The Hotelier who got things rocking. Their brand of indie-punk comes across as quite poetic in places and with the success of their two full-length records Home, Like Noplace Is There and Goodness has gained them a loyal following.
Bassist / vocalist Christian Holden didn’t miss a step and the band smashed through songs like ‘Your Deep Rest’ and ‘Among the Wildflowers’.
Just as the band was hitting their stride their set took a rather odd turn as one of their guitarists ran off stage, before Holden returned to explain he was ill, but the remaining members were not going to let down their fans and launched into a faultless rendition of ‘An Introduction to The Album.’
Following a brief interval Cloud Nothings soon stepped on stage with their distorted guitars, and what a performance they had in store for a packed Thekla.
With the release of their fourth studio album Life Without Sound earlier this year, the four-piece could have relied heavily on playing newer material but that was no the case.
In a near hour set – the time absolutely flew by – Cloud Nothings smashed through the high tempo ‘Modern Act’ and ‘Stay Useless’, but were also prepared to slow things down with ‘Up To The Surface’.
If you are familiar with the bands work you will know how up beat some of their music can be, but live its almost as if the band play at twice the speed, and watching drummer Jayson Gerycz is a show in itself.
A prime example of this was the seven-minute epic of ‘Wasted Days’ which just sounded chaotic but in the best way possible.
Closing the night with an encore of ‘I’m Not Part of Me’ was a fitting ending as the band hardly came up for air throughout, but left fans leaving with huge smiles on their faces.