Ambling along St. Mary’s Street at 9.15pm, on a Friday night, I thought the atmosphere in the heart of Southampton would not be dissimilar to the bustling, lively energy found in Bristol that time on a Friday evening. However, my journey to the Joiners was the antithesis of lively, my friends and I the only pedestrians in sight until we reached the small venue.
It was apparent we had reached the Joiners due to the sheer abundance of bodies outside its entrance. The interior of the venue is remarkably similar to Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh in both its layout and in its vintage shabby chic charm. It was not surprising, that Twin Peaks had sold out this compact two hundred capacity venue and it was a real treat to see them in such an intimate setting. Prior to this gig, i had only seen Twin Peaks performance at The Sportsman during Simple Things Festival, which had been one of the most energetic and exhilarating gig’s I had attended. The set coming to an abrupt end due to the realisation that the flimsy floor of the pub was in fact falling through as a consequence of the crowd’s constant cavorting.
At the Joiners Twin Peaks delivered their set with the same vitality I experienced in Bristol, playing songs from all three of their acclaimed albums, predominantly focusing on recent release ‘Down in Heaven.’ Opener ‘Butterfly’ saw the crowd leap into action without hesitation, the Southampton swarm was soon crowd surfing afterwards to fan favourites ‘I Found a New Way’ and ‘Telephone.’ This liveliness was sustained throughout the 45 minute set where Cadien Lake James stated that there would be no encore, due to the lack of a backstage area, so they ‘might as well just keep going.’ The set closed with a personal favourite, ‘Making Breakfast’ which was as wild and wonderful as I hoped it would be, all in all a spectacular show!
Video: Twin Peaks, Making Breakfast - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl9SRsPbWLM
Review: Issy Villiers