“I’m feeling nostalgic already”, Dylan Williams the lead singer of Dumb, felt disheartened to have been playing their last gig of their UK tour. As their final show and the end to their first headline tour the boys were additionally excited to be playing at Lennon’s in Southampton for the third time; “come midnight everyone goes a bit mental.”

Poised on the stage, the boys are infused with attitude, Dylan’s exaggerated facial expressions and Tom Minchin’s casual stance with the guitar in hand, force across to the audience the personality of the band; they’ve amplified the small bands sounds by 100. Retina indicates the group has more character to others, Dylan assertively roars out the chorus, which plunges straight through the audience. It’s a track that grabs the attention of everyone in the venue; the importance of playing such a song early in the set is crucial.

‘Two Bottles’, the bands favourite track, had the audience reveling around; everyone, no matter what age, can relate to the lyrics “the cheapest wine, can turn easily”. This grubby sound incorporates heavy guitar during the chorus with Dylan’s old-fashioned voice trying to reach over the top, incredibly overpowering live.

Songs not included on their sound-cloud, were also performed showing the boys are still writing and are keen to carry on the stimulating musicians lifestyle. They understand the importance of playing live, so the songs are written around what people would want to listen to at a gig. Unsurprisingly, every individual in Lennon’s enjoyed what the fresh talent had to offer.

In an interview, the group expressed their feelings on wanting to differentiate themselves away from the mellow ‘b-town’ indie stereotype where we have seen the arises of Peace, etc. The tour was to show that the group isn’t steering into the ‘b-town bubble’. Their eccentric and dissimilar UK performances present different. The charismatic boys certainly succeeded, they have something different to offer, yet bringing back strands of the Brit-pop era.

Eleisha Wightman

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