Fast Trains / VCR / Marley Blandford, The Loft Southsea, 1st February 2020
Fresh from a successful debut slot at Icebreaker Festival, Fast Trains’ first headline show took place at the weekend to a capacity crowd at The Loft.
Opening support came from singer-songwriter Marley Blandford, offering up a stack of beautifully toned original songs plus a one man and his guitar version of Bohemian Rhapsody to close. Anyone who can induce a singalong to this track without veering into Wayne’s World territory is clearly doing something right; check out his tunes and if you can’t quite remember the name, it’s ‘Marley as in Bob Marley, Blandford as in boring car’.
Second support of the night came from indie-rock quartet VCR. In the past year the band have won the 2019 Youth Music Best Original Track Award for their song Circles and been busy on the local live scene. They picked the pace up nicely, playing an energy filled set, even managing to switch up their usual roles to allow some rapping from the drummer. More live dates and new music are on the cards for 2020.
And so to Fast Trains, the brainchild of Tom Wells playing here with a full band to add an extra dimension to the songs in a live setting. As the warm melodies of Measure by Measure fill the room, it feels like we’re watching a much longer established act, the work that has gone into producing the tracks is obvious and there’s a happy mix of tempo and momentum across the set. It must feel good to play your first gigs to rooms packed full of support – in return the Fast Trains experience lets you temporarily forget that it’s raining outside and just enjoy the summery 60s’ feel of the music and atmosphere. If you don’t get a chance sooner, you can catch Fast Trains performing at Psyched Fest on 2nd May. In the meantime, take a look at the brilliantly matched music and animation created for the project so far.
Words and photos by Siobhan
4th February 2020