Formed during the pandemic, supergroup LS Dunes (featuring members of My Chemical Romance, Thursday, Circa Survive and Coheed and Cambria) make their international debut tonight in Glasgow, as they play to a sold-out Garage crowd.
First up is Kayleigh Goldsworthy, who you may recognise from her work alongside LS Dunes’ Frank Iero in ‘Frank Iero and the Future Violents’.
Goldsworthy warms up the eager audience with songs from albums ‘All These Miles’ and ‘Learning to be Happy’, which detail both toxic and failed relationships (‘Boomerang’ and ‘You’re Good’) as well as an ode to her 2007 Honda Civic (‘Cursed to Wander’).
During end of set number ‘Overambitious’, she is joined onstage, to rapturous and fanatical applause, by four of the five members of LS Dunes.
Anticipation hangs in the air as the crowd wait anxiously for their heroes to arrive, Vocalist Anthony Green (Circa Survive / Saosin / The Sound of Animals Fighting), guitarists Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance / Leathermouth / Death Spells) & Travis Stever (Coheed and Cambria), bassist Tim Payne (Thursday) and drummer Tucker Rule (Thursday) take to the stage rather humbly, applauding and bowing to the audience before launching into the triple threat of ‘Bombsquad’, ‘Like Forever’ and my personal favourite ‘Grey Veins’.
Green is in his element, whether he’s introducing (several) songs by announcing ‘Oh yeah, this is my jam!’, thanking the crowd for ‘Giving me this experience’ or dancing across the stage, arms flailing, swinging the mic like a man possessed all the while delivering his trademark vocals without fault.
Tonight’s set is short and sharp, consisting purely of the eleven songs that make up 2022’s album ‘Past Lives’ which are, as you would expect from such experienced performers, executed to perfection.
Single’s ‘Permanent Rebellion’ and encore number ‘2022’ elicit the loudest reactions of the evening, but this dedicated crowd (some of whom began queuing early this morning) show enthusiasm throughout.
The night draws to an end with Kayleigh Goldsworthy joining the band on stage for the hauntingly beautiful finale, ‘Sleep Cult’, as Green’s sombre final lines, “I’m sorry that I wish that I was dead”, echo around the room.
Overall it was a sensational UK live debut on the back of a stellar first album, where LS Dunes go from here remains to be seen, but if you were here tonight you can only hope this is the start of things to come.