Ahead of the release of their hotly anticipated second album ‘Open Book’, Fatherson have stopped off to play Manchester’s Gulliver’s for a second time, as their tour takes them slowly back up to native Scotland. Having played support slots for the likes of Feeder & Twin Atlantic, the lads are used to stages much bigger than this and it looks like they’ve crammed a stadium sized audience in to this corner of Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter . Cosy.
Fatherson always play a pounding rock show with a warm heart and this is no exception. After a particularly big effort, technical issues give the band a chance to endear themselves to the crowd further with their sense of humour. “Everything is breaking… guitar strings… voices… spirits” mumbles Ross.
Top moment of the night is saved appropriately for the end, when the whole of the band gather front of stage for a rendition of the track ‘James’ sung acapella style-lee. With every member of the crowd singing along it’s an emotional bonding experience. Fatherson, they leave you with a buzz in your brain and a glow in your heart every time.