LIVE: Alvvays, The Talking Heads, Southampton (29/8/17)

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Alvvays, Southampton, 29/8/17 (photo: Phoebe Reeks)

Toronto-based five-piece Alvvays returned to Southampton to perform their pleasant brand of indie-pop for a sold out show at The Talking Heads. The band drew a crowd of dedicated fans, with the venue packed with people of all ages.

The band opened their set with new song Saved by a Waif, followed by popular anthem Adult Diversion, which got the crowd moving. Alvvays’ set consisted of old favourites from their 2014 debut album including the bouncy tracks Atop a Cake and Next of Kin and the more chilled Ones Who Love You, as well as new material from upcoming album Antisocialites.

Amongst the newer songs were In Undertow, Plimsoll Punks and Dreams Tonite, all of which have been released this year – a fabulous insight into what we can expect from the new album.

Just the first strum of Archie, Marry Me made the crowd go wild, cheering, before singing and swaying along to the song – clearly a big favourite for everyone and undoubtedly their biggest hit so far. The band then finished their set with Party Police, another sing-along anthem. The crowd then got the encore they demanded, with the band returning to the stage to perform a cover of Trying to be Kind by Motorcycle Boy and finally The Agency Group.

The tight-knit musical talent of the band, mixed with Molly Rankin’s sweet vocals form relaxing yet exciting music. A friendly atmosphere was created with the band interacting with the crowd throughout the show.

Antisocialites drops next week, and based on what we’ve already heard, there is no doubt this album will be one to own. This was just the start of Alvvays’ UK/EU/US tour so make sure you catch them for some chilled indie vibes at one of their upcoming dates.

Review & Photos: Phoebe Reeks

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