Live music has landed back to Earth, with Aliens Don’t Ring Doorbells stellar performance, supporting rock/pop legends Scouting For Girls.
Monday 24th October, the Exeter ‘Corn Exchange’ was the place to be that night. With spectacular performances from Ben McKelvey and Aliens Don’t Ring Doorbells, supporting ‘She’s So Lovely’ legends Scouting For Girls, who were celebrating their 10-year anniversary tour, of their iconic album ‘Everybody Wants To Be On TV’.
Ben McKelvey, an Oxford-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, perfectly opened the night for everyone on Monday. McKelvey created a vibrant atmosphere that had the whole room dancing and singing along to his whole Gerry Cinnamon-esque demeanour, especially to his cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’. As a warm-up act, Ben did an incredible job electrifying and preparing the audience for what was to come.
Then came the highlight of the night, Aliens Don’t Ring Doorbells, a relatively new three-piece band with roots in the UK, US and Bahamas. Joined by bassist, Earl Forbes and drummer, Kevin Dean the band blew the roof off of the venue with their awe-inspiring 30-minute set. The three-piece, performed with their own unique arena-anthemic style, that they have hand-crafted to stick out from the rest. Playing the majority of their debut album ‘Arrival’, including songs such as ‘Daylight’ and ‘The Heart Is In Her Eyes’ as well as their hit singles ‘Slipping Away’ and ‘Story’.
To the far left side of the stage, guitarist, Dorian Foyil instantly took off with his vintage Fender Stratocaster, playing an enthrallingly, galactic guitar riff, which immediately pulled in the attention of the entire audience to their gravitational opening track, ‘Consummation’. Centre of the stage, stood Lead vocalist, Adam King, who throughout the entire gig, used his powerful vocals, refreshing melodic lines and stage charisma to keep a fully packed room hypnotised in an energetic hysteria. To the right of Adam, stood Christian Pearl on the keys, playing a Nord stage 3 keyboard, Pearl drove the nostalgic rock-infused songs, encapsulating a wide variety of different tonalities ensuring each song was more captivating than the last.
After a long 2 year void of no live music, Aliens perfectly brought back a lost passion for music that had been missing in all of us for too long. For a band that has only recently released their debut album, supporting someone as big as Scouting for Girls is one giant leap for the band, one which they touched down with extraordinary class and style. They have proven themselves to be a band to watch out for and reminded everyone of their relishment for live music.