Last week, live music returned with a bang, as Scouting For Girls took to the Patti Pavilion in Swansea on their Easy Covers tour.
Supported by rising rock band, aliensdontringdoorbells, it was truly a night to remember, with energy at an all time high after two years of sitting on our couches.
The first taste of rock ‘n’ roll to bless our ears after the two-year drought is the opening bars of aliensdontringdoorbells’ ‘Slipping Away’, a rollicking number which instantly got the crowd on its feet. It became clear from the off why Roy Stride of Scouting For Girls himself chose this band as their primary support.
The piano-driven, retro-tinged rock ‘n’ roll of aliensdontringdoorbells is the perfect complement to Scouting For Girls’ pop-rock, bookending the night nicely with two bands who know exactly how to have, and share in, a very good time.
Frontman Adam’s talents as an entertainer and MC-equivalent for the band were put to the test with an audience of new fans, but he rose to the challenge with ease. The crowd were driven up into an energetic frenzy, as a perfect support act should do. Equally, Dorian on guitar was a stately figure whose riffage and soloing really helped to nail the band’s sound down to a T.
When Scouting For Girls took to the stage, the energy was electric. The trio have clearly lost none of their energy since the days of ‘I Wish I Was James Bond’, and the crowd loved it. We felt sorry for anyone without standing tickets on this tour – it was impossible to keep still as the band made their way through a mixture of well-loved classics and cover versions.
Making each second their own with a mixture of piano and guitar licks, Scouting For Girls was truly the gig of the year so far.