REVIEW | Altered Sky @ The G2 | 30th November 2015

In celebration of their recently released, highly received debut album Without Wonderland, Glasgow pop rock band Altered Sky have been up, down and all around the UK on their biggest ever tour to promote it; revisiting dedicated fans across the country whilst gaining a multitude of new ones along the way.

Now they return to the city for their annual hometown headline show at The G2. It’s been two years since we witnessed these guys live on stage – bar one acoustic performance last summer – so we were curious to see how much they had developed their craft since then.

New Horizons opened the show in fantastic style and got the crowd fired up very early on; big thanks in part to leading lady Emjay, who sucked in the audience with her infectious charisma and had them clapping and singing along every chance they got.

Next up were a bunch of guys we were all too familiar with – pop punkers Century Thirteen. They were playing their biggest show to date, so the pressure was on, but they delivered their usual high-octane performance loaded with numbers including Because You’re Worth ItAmbition and Fake.

Also we’ve got to give a big shout out to drummer Lewis who gave it his absolute all behind the kit. Happy belated birthday, buddy!

Following them was Magic Trikwho we had heard many good things about and they heavily impressed us with a straight up rock and roll show that cranked up the energy within the room. Bad Man’s Boulevard was a great number, and the last two tunes (their titles escape us) were nice riff-heavy affairs.

They were so good we decided to spend our hard-earned dosh on their By The Stone EP. We may just make the effort to see them again.

And now the main tour supports, Everybody Looks Famous from Tamworth, were ready to take to the stage and bloody hell, they provided such a thrilling show. Among the strobes and through the power of their hefty stage presence, they electrified with the likes of PhoenixEcho and Kaleidoscope, which all got everybody going wild, especially those down in front. Nothing short of amazing.

At last, it was time for the main event – Altered Sky. From the get-go, they sent the place in a frenzy with Livewire, after which they dished out an array of more bouncy, melodic songs such as This War Is Mine, the classic Where I Belong and the memorable Stupid In The Dark.

The venue went even further bonkers for Apple Tree, proving to be still a huge fan favourite after all this time, before they followed up with the passionate Live For It and the exuberant SongbirdWaves fittingly enough got everyone waving their arms, and soon they capped off with the spirited Bury It All to bring their set to a close.

The place was abuzz from start to finish, the band had taken the stage by storm and we’ve got to say there are few frontwomen in Scotland that can match Ana. Obvious vocal talents aside, her ability to connect with the audience is second to none.

If the album, for whatever reason, didn’t do enough justice, then Altered Sky’s latest headline show have surely solidified them as one of the country’s hottest rock acts that are on the verge of breaking out. The perfect culmination of a 5 year journey.

 

 

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