LIVE REVIEW: ATTENTION THIEVES @ SUB89, READING

The first to perform on the stage was the front man of alternative rock metal band InMe, Dave McPherson.

It was safe to say that after his many years on the stage he was quickly at ease. Glancing from underneath his flat cap to engage with his fans throughout the room. As soon as Dave began to strum his guitar and was ready to perform his first song from his setlist the crowd roared. The further into his set Dave got the more jokes he made to the crowd, leaving both the fans and staff in laughter, which helped to set a great start to the next to bands on the stage and even between all the emotions Dave performed a great acoustic set which ended with him performing one of his songs from his band InMe and it was a perfect way for him to end his set, before travelling back to Essex.

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Following Dave’s acoustic set were punk rock 4 piece, from Burton Upon Trent, Max Raptor. After working alongside them two years ago, I had a vague idea of what to expect from their set. However they performed so much greater than I could have imagined. They entered the stage with so much energy which they included into their entire time on the stage. The band created such a great atmosphere in the room, from the odd joke “I’m hoping you guys have tissues…wait that’s not what I meant” and a large amount of crowd interaction.
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Max Raptor performed a variety of old and new tracks from their set list, these included England Breathes, the king is dead. They also performed three new tracks, ‘Blue is Red’, ‘Damage Appreciation’ and newly released on Radio 1 on Valentines day  ‘Old Romantics’ Their performance was a great to see, it definitely got the crowd ready for Attention Thieves last ever set as a band.
Now we’ve reached headliners Attention Thieves, with this being their farewell show I can say that even I had a few tears in my eyes. Their performance was definitely one the band and fans were going to remember. Playing a hometown show for a farewell before the band part their separate ways is a huge must. With their friends and family present as well as the fans they had a lot of support.
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As soon as Attention Thieves appeared onto the stage facing their drummer the crowd roared, the riffs quickly started and the band performed with such energy. Attention Thieves seemed delighted over the turn out with huge smiles upon their faces especially with it being their final show together as a band. Their set included a variety of songs from their old ep’s, and more recent albums they have made over the years, tracks included ‘Jackal’ and ‘Bring Yourself To Justice’. Vocalist Alex thanked both Dave McPherson and Max Raptor for being a part of this incredible goodbye. With emotions running high, Alex said ‘We’re sad to see the band come to an end, but we’d like to thank everyone who has supported us’ After this short and sweet speech the crowd cheered, and clapped to acknowledge the band.
The last ten minutes or so of the set included crowd surfing from the band. After Attention thieves finished their last ever song for the night the band chanted for an encore, because their set seemed to go by way too quickly, however the encore didn’t happen and that was the band’s last chapter closed.
Attention Thieves, you have been delightful to see develop as a band over the years and it is such a shame to see this chapter come to an end. However I wish you all the very best with wherever your careers will take you in the future.
Review by Heather Lowe
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