Houston, we have no problem!
Nov 10 2008 by Katie Campling, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
ARTIST: Houston Calls and Farewell.
VENUE: The Cockpit 3, Leeds.
REVIEW BY: Darrell Blount.
ORIGINALLY billed as support for Surrey pop-punksters Youmeatsix, Houston Calls proved that they are more than capable of headlining their own show.
Leeds boys Left, Right Goodnight warmed up this intimate 100 capacity gig with their pop punk/ska undertones.
Their impressive gang vocals and chugging breakdowns saw the tiny Cockpit 3 erupt. This five-piece have the pop-punk formula down to a tee, and were a perfect opening band.
Carolina quintet Farewell let loose with their bouncy take on the punk scene.
The crowd went crazy when the boys took the stage and with the very small venue, they seemed like A-list celebrities.
Thrashing out classics including Zelda and the outrageously catchy Starting Out, Farewell showed Leeds why they deserved to be co-headlining with New Jersey's Houston Calls.
Houston Calls bounded on to the stage and went straight into Elephants and Castles which tore the place up. It must be said that their best friend is the synthesiser, with every track paying homage to the 80s with their electronic layering.
Out to promote their new release, Houston Calls played a good four songs from The End of an Error but mixed this up with classics such as Exit, Emergency and Sunrise Goodbyes.
Their performance was outstanding, and makes me wonder why they have never headlined a UK tour before, as they certainly have the skill and dedication to.
Ending of Bobbie and Bonnie sealed it. Their new release should see them get their due credit.