South of Salem manage to bring a whole different crowd to The Patriot; all kinds of people are at the venue to catch this band, some who have travelled, and some who are local, which is nice to see in the emerging scene. They’re a great band to follow after Black Lakes, the energy instantly rising as soon as they step onto the stage. This is the band’s debut headline show in South Wales, and I don’t think it will be the last. The crowd help to carry the show as Joey Draper (vocals) relays, “I heard South Wales was loud”, before encouraging them to be louder during Made to be Mine, splitting the crowd and asking them to compete for the most noisy “woah”. The liveliness of this band really draws you in. There’s no standing still, every single member of the band are jumping about; sometimes there’s so much going on, you aren’t sure where to look!
During the band’s performance of the hauntingly beautiful Demons are Forever, a ballad type song, which is a tribute to people who’ve been lost, it was as if everybody around just stopped still to listen. That was a moment frozen in time, which has been stuck in my memory from that night. I saw tears, sweat, and lots of smiles throughout the band’s set, the entire dynamic of the evening reflected on everyone on- and off-stage, which ended in cheers across the venue. The great thing about this band is the catchy dark choruses are bound to get stuck in your head, which makes you want to listen to and see them again and again and again.