West Midlands-based band The Lines gave Birmingham a visit on Saturday night and what a night it was. Supported by The British Kicks and Black Market Empire (both also from the Midlands) and Manchester’s very own The Rainband, it was brilliant to see what an atmosphere just four bands could create.
First up was The British Kicks and despite playing to a small crowd, the band seemed to create a buzz. Forming in 2010 and being the youngest band to perform, this didn’t stop them from putting on a good set. Black Market Empire were on stage next and performed to a slightly larger crowd. Opening with ‘Best Time’ followed by ‘Begging You’, BME continued the buzz. From the heart of Digbeth, BME played some of their very own classic rock n roll tunes and finished with ‘Hannah And All The Same’.
Up next was The Rainband and despite only forming in 2009 and originating all the way from Manchester, the audience seemed familiar and definitely got on their toes.
Starting their set with ‘Today’, it was clear to see why the band have come as far as they have. Performing the title track of their new EP ‘The Prodigal’ followed by their most well-known track ‘She’s A Rainbow’, the crowd went wild.
The Lines finally took to the stage with the entire crowd cheering with anticipation. Starting their set with ‘Glorious Aftermath’, the crowd jumped around to the catchy beat whilst singing the lyrics back to them.
The band were full of energy, jumping around the stage as if they owned it. Next up were more tracks from their previous album, ‘Circles’ and ‘Let It Go’, encouraging the crowd to continue dancing along. With a bra being flung onto stage and the audience singing back to them, The Lines certainly took control of the crowd.
They later performed their most recent single from their EP, ‘No Illusions, No Cheap Tricks’. Even though the lads haven’t played it live much, Lead singer, Alex Ohm still generated a positive response.
After a brilliant and hyper set, The Lines finished with ‘Loudmouth’ which sent the crowd mental when the drums kicked in towards the end. Friends of the band invaded the stage, jumping around with the band. The Lines finished off a talent-filled night perfectly. Keep your eyes peeled for The Lines, big things are about to happen!
Photographs by Andy Hughes