The first hour of this gig involved standing outside London School of Economics in varying degrees of mizzling rain, damp mist, and torrential downpours. However, the amassed crowd were in good spirits drawing on that traditional British ‘blitz-spirit’, ensuring that talking to strangers was welcomed rather than uncomfortable.
Once inside, with the band on stage and kicking off their set, all thoughts of the rain and cold were quickly dissipated. Someone who claimed to be Rising Times’ number one fan mentioned to me that they sounded a bit like Oasis and to be fair this isn’t entirely inaccurate. However, while Oasis play songs that spark off discussions along the lines of ‘isn’t that Imagine… I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing… etc’, Rising Times have a collection of distinct songs that are definitely their own.
The music is a wash of guitars over a pumping groove that gets laid down by simple, creative drumming, and tuneful bass riffs. The vocal is confident and has the ability to carry a strong melody, as demonstrated rather well in their ‘Token Ballad’.
When Rising Times announced their final song, ‘All The Way’, it was clear that, despite being cold and moist, the crowd had been won over and had been warmed enough by their set to start moving, cheering and screaming.
The performance was top notch and the songs are easily good enough to make Rising Times a success. I will therefore be asking them some very serious questions if they don’t make it big!
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