The LaFontaines – Mezz, Breda, The Netherlands (30th September 2018)

Scotland, the country that gave the world whiskey, haggis and Biffy Clyro. Now add Motherwell’s finest, The Lafontaines, a rap rock 4-piece on the rise. Kicking off their debut European headline show in Breda, with the aptly named latest single, Up, you can understand the hype.

Even a guitar failure early in the set can’t stop them. Lead vocalist Kerr Okan, who could give Dave Grohl a run for his money as the nicest man in rock, chats with the crowd and is even given a phone to play a Dutch song through the speakers.

With a new guitar found, the show goes on again, with Junior Dragon and Too Late before the ever present Pon de Fonts. “If you don’t get low you’re racist to Scotland” is the rallying call as everyone loses their collective minds to a remix of Major Lazer’s Pon de Floor.

One of the bigger cheers of the evening comes as What Do I Know is dedicated to former Dutch international striker, Dennis Bergkamp. Drummer, Jamie Keenan, shows his vocal talents here in a song he has “always dreamed of playing in Breda”.

Explosion goes off with a bang, while Torture provides lighter relief, with Neil Mulholland’s divine tones shining through. The lads then have a self-indulgent moment, playing the as yet unreleased All In, which will undoubtedly be the sound of the summer in 2019.

Later we find out The LaFontaines don’t do generic encores. Encouraging everyone in the room to turn around, chanting “nog een liedje” (one more song) for a minute, they start playing again, rounding the evening off with the resounding Slow Elvis and the infectious Under the Storm.

With virtually everyone in the room discovering The LaFontaines, through previous support slots with Don Broco and Watsky, it’s time to get on the bandwagon of a band shooting for the stars.