By Natalie Greener
Distant Blue have gradually been taking over Nottingham’s pop punk scene during the last few months. Playing for INFL and bigger bands across Nottingham and Derby, it was an easy decision to tag along to their Chameleon gig. Being their only local date on their February 2018 tour, the boys – equipped with new members and music – showed they were ready to take on whatever 2018 will bring them.
“Expect to relive pop punks heyday with chugging power-chords and heartfelt lyrics” – Rough Trade
“Pack full of energy, their set is not one to be missed” – The Venue
The night was somewhat of a confusing one. Under the umbrella term ‘alternative’, Distant Blue didn’t really fit in alongside their counterparts – not that this was a bad thing. Crosslight were the first band up at The Chameleon. With an extremely talented female lead on vocals, Charlotte Eastwood stole the limelight, making women in rock proud across the globe. Accompanied by Luke Litherland on guitar, Daniel Giles on bass and Joe Parr on drums, each member complimented one another rather nicely. Not quite filling the venue’s capacity, the band still got some headbangers going towards the middle of their set. The songs were hard to differentiate from one another but most metal tracks have the same issue because they give so much power in every chord struck. Congrats to this Nottingham underground band – you did the alternative scene proud. Be sure to support these locals when their single, Run Into Flowers, is dropped on the 23rd March and their up and coming album release in May of this year.
Next up at The Chameleon were the guys I came down to see. Distant Blue – made up of Peter Wronko, Ed Binding, Joe Cliff and Kieran Hodnett – managed to get a decent crowd down to support them. A good turn out and groovy anthems, pop punk has never sounded so refreshed. Kicking off their set with their most well known track, ‘Story’, Distant Blue had many people singing along to their original works (something I see rarely at such intimate gigs). For those alternative music fans out there,the definite highlight of the set was the lads’ cover of Don Broco – riding the wave of fuss following them playing Rock City the previous week. Now it’s always refreshing to see these guys play live across Nottingham’s venues, but this was certainly one of their best gigs. The aesthetic of the venue and attitude of the band truly made the night enjoyable. 2018 will be a big year for these four pop punk lovers, especially after the release of their EP Holywater – available on Soundcloud and Youtube. Fasten your seat-belts, Distant Blue are here and ready to stay.
Headlining the night was InAir. The three piece from South England have a clean sound that is accompanied by atmospheric synths; Endlessly followed by a catchy chorus and riffs that could blow your mind. Unfortunately, by the time InAir took to the stage, the crowd had whittled down to a few people. Despite the hardship, the band still came with a great performance and a set that kicked butt. The minimal crowd also added a sense of personality to the gig that most venues don’t capture. But – if you happen to be at a small gig like this one and you’re there for one of the supporting bands, try and stay for all sets – especially when the last band on is based out of the city. Another way in which you can support these kind of bands is to purchase merch and music that is usually on sale for a reasonable price – if not, InAir released their debut EP ‘A Different Light’ in November 2017 so stream that on every platform possible.