Young Guns homecoming show at the Scala in Kings Cross coincided with the release of their album Ones And Zeros, and considering they hadn’t played a London headline show since October 2012 the excitement and glee emitting from the crowd was understandable.
Opening up for Young Guns were Dead! and Essex based Nothing But Thieves, a band whose sound is inspired by Muse, Kasabian and Jeff Buckley. Their brand of electric alternative rock perfectly contrasts with passionate lead singer Conor Mason’s soaring vocals. Set highlights were newest single Trip Switch and personal favourite Itch which highlights the bands versatility as it shows they have found the winning formula for their alternative almost heavy indie rock.
Finally taking to the stage were Young Guns, and it was the moment the entire crowd had been waiting for. Opening up with a belter of a track I Want Out, the show was entire chaos. With the band feeding off the undeniable energy and enthusiasm from the crowd and the band giving 110%, they were slaying the sold out Scala. Despite their album Ones And Zeros only being released on the day of the show, there was no abundance of singalongs in the crowd, who were eagerly lapping up newer songs as much as they were their older material. Young Guns are a spontaneous and energetic live band that thrive off their crowd and actively seek crowd interaction, for example lead singer Gustav Wood and his bandmates were constantly jumping onto the barriers to get up close and personal to their fans. Their headlining show at Scala showed just how big the band are and how alternative and lighter rock music is becoming bigger and more popular. It was certainly a show that was enjoyed both by Young Guns and their crowd. It was my third time seeing Young Guns and it was definitely a pleasurable night, it was definitely a better evening than the usual boring ol’ Monday for sure.