ALT-MU editor, Jennifer Le Roux, had the pleasure of going along to Fearless Vampire Killers Brighton stop on their Unbreakable Hearts Tour last month and getting some time with them backstage. Along for the ride was FVK teen fan and winner of their poster artwork competition, Tanith Davies who was given the opportunity to write up her first music review…
The night opened up with Myth City, who captured and warmed up the crowd with a variety of their signature songs, including The Vendetta and Shake. Their energy and movement spirited the enthusiastic audience.
They were followed by ZOAX, led by frontman Adam Carroll who commanded the audience like a rock possessed human puppeteer. This included orchestrating a sit down chill out session with the audience while he played his acoustic guitar from on top of the bar and a host of straws in mouths, tiaras on beards and borrowing an audience member’s welding goggles – a playful and invigorating set from a band that seem destined for greatness.
The build-up for Fearless Vampire Killers (FVK) was emphasised by the energetic, passionate fans chanting their name. FVK opened with a favourite: Neon in the Dance Halls, sung by Laurence Beverage, getting everyone bouncing up and down and a wave of arms rocking to the beat – which allowed the set to include regular stage dives from a member of the audience, actively involving the already moving crowd to rock the songs impressively.
FVK is a unique band with members jumping from lead singer to key board player. They know how to get the audience actively involved in singing (especially in City Falls to Dust) and choosing the set – they held a vote between Exploding Heart Disorder or Fetish for the Finnish. Allowing the room to decide which direction they wanted the gig to go, having a unity of the stage and the pit.
The gig included a range of songs and moods for the night, inspiring mosh pits at the brink of the stage front, crowd surfing and a wave of sways in the pit during their acoustic tracks. The sense of community was strong as FVK fans relentlessly continued to sway, jump and get involved despite their aching arms and bodies. The control of the frontiers actively got to the brink of the crowd joining hands creating a special, closer connection with the audience, which happens less as bands develop.
The friendship the members have with their fans, including meet ups with Obsidian Bond members, staying behind after shows for pictures and signings, and with regular interaction on social media, is truly something special to witness.
FVK are not only set to rule their fictional world – their musical, creative and digital talents show no bounds. Who knows what we will see from them next?
FVK have also written a column in the latest issue of ALT-MU due out this week. Their interview will also be published in another issue later this year. Check back for updates or follow us @altmumagazine or on facebook.com/altmumagazine.
Music review by Tanith Davies.
Live Photography by Nick Brooks. Take a look at his full gallery of live photos from the night below…