Teenbeat Club Concerts isn’t called Teenbeat without reason. Swim Deep were the next band in a long list of talented indie bands with a reputation for making young girls swoon to hit the austrian capital at their request. B72 was the location this time for what was to be an intimate concert from the Birmingham lads.
It was clear to see how this one was going to go just by looking at the crowd half an hour before stage time. Numerous young girls had already “reserved” their places in the front row, either through the typically Germanic old “towel” trick by placing their bags where they intended to return after going to the bar, or by just slumping on the floor next to stage underneath the mic and hoping not to be trodden on in the very dark confines of the main room.
The battle for proximinty within touching distance of the band began in earnest with 15 minutes left and by the time the band made it to the stage they were greeted by three rows of screaming girls along with the odd sighting of the taller oppposite sex.
First song on “Where The Heaven Are We”, “Francisco”, kicked off the gig with lead singer Austin Williams bringing out every indie pose in the book, much to the delight of the hardcore following which burst out in cheers of joy for the band. The cheers grew even larger as the excellent “Honey” dripped out of the four piece. Guitarist Tom Higgins and bass player Cavan McCarthy also both seemed to be following lesson number 4 in the 101 class on “becoming indie legends” as they opted to leave their footwear backstage, a brave thing to do on the B72 floor.
What was to follow was a solid and compact performance from a band which have in the past been quoted as to “wanting to be the most influential in the world”. Based on this show their goal is some way away. Their display on stage felt a little too “by the numbers” at times, as if they were wholly disinterested about being where they were. This is of course all part of that nonchalant, slackerville image which Swim Deep try so hard to embody. An image which sometimes feels a little bit forced.
One thing you can’t deny is that Swim Deep make dreamy shoe gaze indie pop to bring out the jealous side in many a band. Their debut album is one of the most underrated releases of 2013, with the criticism often a little harsh at times. Tracks like King City, Make My Sun Shine and The Sea have an ease about them which is not always easy to attain, and they came across just as well live.
Things were turned up a notch for the final three songs as they turned B72 into a sing-a-long which is rarely so passionate. They hit the pop nail on the proverbial head with the cover of Cindy Lauper’s “Girls just wanna have fun” and then swam into the deep end with “She Changes The Weather” and “King City” to finally send the crowd over the boiling point.
World domination may be some way off, but on this display they have a very loyal following in the Austrian capital ready to do all they can to make that dream a reality once their sophomore album hits the stores.