Opening the night was Reali-T, who delivered and then some. Coming on stage in a suit and cap he was more than dressed for the occasion and dazzled the crowd to the point of an encore and almost a second one.
Mt Misery changed things up with their brand of mid-western sounding indie. Once again, the crowd were well and truly up for it and an audience member was even given a tambourine for a while.
Watching Motel Carnation walk out on stage, you can’t help but feel the whole moment is rather cinematic, like something you’d recall in ten years when you hear a Motel Carnation song on the radio. The room in the basement of Head of Steam was roasting and more importantly, packed out before the Reali-T had even came on.
The show is tense and moody with ‘Saul’ setting the scene, atmospheric unreleased material fills in until a ‘AM’ Arctic Monkeys-esque tune sweeps in half way through the set. Motel Carnation bookend the night with the recently released ‘Westside’. Ending on a high, the band thrash through the final song to the crowd’s delight.
Photo: Will Gorman