Darlia and The Family Rain – Club Academy, Manchester (5th November 2015) – LIVE REVIEW

This Darlia and The Family Rain article was written by Simon Bull, a Gigsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson. Lead photo by Wolf Mike

On the same day they premièred the video for their new single ‘What Are You Afraid Of?’, The Family Rain made their live return after four months away, tonight supporting Blackpool three-piece Darlia in Manchester. The crowd is split 50/50 over who’ve they’ve come to see.

Opening with the new single, The Family Rain‘s set featured three new songs alongside the hits from their debut album ‘Under The Volcano’. The new songs seemed to fit perfectly into the set, especially if you’ve not seen them before, although they are slightly more guitar heavy. After running out of time, they had to cut one song out of their nine song set, so compensated with a medley of the three new songs already performed, and last song and fan favourite ‘Trust Me… I’m A Genius’ was renamed ‘Trust Me… I’m Afraid’.

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Of the three new songs performed, ‘Who You Gonna Blame?’ was probably the stand out track. To chants of “Ooh Aah Darlia” from the moderately young crowd who had now made their way to the front, on come tonight’s headliners, who have an early-’90s grunge sound about them, but as most of those at the front were not around at that time, they don’t care and from the opening bass riff of ‘Candyman’ the crowd were pogoing almost instantley.

As Darlia made their way through a fifty minute set, featuring songs from their 2013 ‘Knock Knock EP’ & their 2015 mini album ‘Petals’, the pogoing group at the front only got bigger as others who had merely been standing at the side decided they wanted to get involved and much like the band themselves, they never let up, all the way through to last song ‘Queen Of Hearts’ which bought the biggest cheer and singalong of the night.

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