Simple As – Le Pub, Newport 15/03/13

By the time we arrived to Le Pub for the EP launch of Simple As, the doors had only been open for about ten minutes but it was already nicely full, which was a good sign of the enthusiasm of the crowd for this gig.

Opening the show was Red Rebel Patriots, who played a fast-paced and interesting set. They were a brilliant choice to open, helping to get the crowd going as they progressed through a good mix of songs. Definitely a band to watch out for in the future.

Following them was Innovence. Whilst they didn’t connect with the crowd as much as the other bands did, they still put on a good show. Mid-way through the set, singer Owen switched instruments from guitar to keyboard to finish things off, which really added something to the songs.

The main support came from The Decoy, who instantly livened things up as they walked onto the stage, met with nothing but enthusiasm from the crowd. The three of them looked incredibly natural together onstage, and guitarist Lewis was a perfect and confident frontman, making it look like child’s play as he bantered and joked with the crowd between songs. For their song Mirrors, he invited the crowd to join them onstage, so naturally there was a stage invasion, with the enthusiasm from the audience spreading to the band as they went out with a bang.

Since Simple As were celebrating the launch of their self-titled EP, they were greeted with a roar of approval from the crowd as the four of them took to the stage. This truly was their night, and they didn’t disappoint. Opening with the first track, I Don’t Care, everyone got into the party spirit straight away. The set continued in an explosive fashion as they powered through a myriad of strong tunes and by the end of the night, the stage was again full of people as the party spilled onto the stage once more.

Overall, it was a truly brilliant gig which showcased just how great the local scene is.

8/10

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About Natalie Humphries 1952 Articles
Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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