The damage done Indie rockers from London entertained a packed out Manchester Academy 2 on Thursday night as part of their sold out UK tour. Following on from a very good summer playing at festivals including Kendal Calling, Reading & Leeds and Isle of Wight they failed to disappoint and validated why they were shortlisted for the BBC Sound of 2019 award.

Blasting out of the blocks with their latest single ‘Violet’, set the tone for rest of the night as the gig was electric from the get go. They immediately followed up with ‘Heavenly War’, which has the potential to become a modern classic, since the said EP release last year the song has grown in popularity and the crowds reaction backed this up. Lead vocalist Henry Camamile seemed to revel in the energy being given off from the audience from such an intimate venue. The back and forth toying with the audience eventually succumbed as Camamile joined the crowd giving fans an even bigger reason to back the emphatic rise to be one of the best indie-pop bands of the moment.

With catchy lyrics and and subtle variations, the cohesion and uniqueness of their tunes kept the energy of the set present throughout. The band really do know how to play a gig with all the members being very comfortable in the own right on the stage. As the set drew to a close the audience were left wanting more, moments later the band reappear with a cover of the classic Cure song ‘Friday, I’m in love’. This once again reiterated the showmanship of Camamile and the band as this was unexpected and yet well received. The only was is up for this four piece and with an upcoming US and European tour to boot its going to happen quickly.

Written by: Stuart Daley