Violet: Nottingham – live review

Rock City Basement, Nottingham
23rd January 2014

Derby boys Violet have shocked the underground music scene over the past few years with their hard work and original take on metal.

Now, after going on countless tours and releasing their E.P The Brightside on Small Town Records, the guys are waiting patiently on their first album release. Tonight fans, friends and members of the forever growing ‘V Bird’ family gather at legendary venue Rock City to witness yet another heart stopping performance.

Laguna Sunrise, are first to take to the stage, warming the crowd up nicely with their intense performance of metalcore. Next up are the very heavy Skies in Motion.


‘It’s time to wake up Nottingham!’, screams lead vocalist, Adam Connor, as he stand on the monitor. Combining metal with a great stage presence these guys are definitely one to watch in 2014.


Both drums and heartbeats race as catchy post-hardcore champions A World Defined grab the attention of their audience with great tracks such as The Void and Perseverance.


Then it’s time for what everyone has been waiting for and as people crowd into the room, the V Birds take their places on stage. Mixing dance, pop melodies and heavy riffs, the guys incorporate everything that’s good about their genre and all with a high level of proficiency.

The energy is unbelievable both on and off stage, as Violet excite fans with new tracks from their up and coming album.  The two vocalists Charlie Bass and Jordan Samuel couldn’t have more different range. Their combination of high pitched vocals and screams give the perfect variation on their songs and sound mesmerising live.

‘We’ve not got a date yet, but expect our album, very soon,’ says Jordon, catching his breath between songs.

After a few new songs, the band play what they like to call golden oldies from their legendary E.P, The Brightside. Everyone in the crowd knows the words as the band play V Bird classics; even their former member Johnny, jumps on stage to join in with Perspectives.


However, despite the party atmosphere, it is also a very emotional night for the band. This will be bassist Liam’s last gig. A bunch of flowers is thrown into his arms, as he steps forward to make a small speech and swig from a bottle of whiskey.

The night is drawing to an end and the whole room erupts as the band finish with their title track The Brightside. As Violet leave the stage, it is obvious that absolutely everything has gone into this performance. Liam can leave with his head held high, ready to start the next chapter of his life.

2014 looks extremely promising for the band, what with gigs and festivals in the pipeline, in the mean time they leave fans waiting in anticipation for the new album.


Laguna Sunrise have a website here and are on Facebook here. Skies In Motion can be found here and on Facebook here. A World Defined are on BandCamp and Facebook.

Violet are on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

All words by Sophie Sparham  – check out Sophie’s Louder Than War archive here

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