The Lines - Wolverhampton Little Civic
The Lines are a Wolverhampton-based band with an ever-growing fanbase, their ongoing quest to progress to bigger shows and larger venues steadily paying off. This date of their tour saw them supporting newbie indie upstarts The Maccabees. Unfortunately, due to something resembling sunstroke (poor me), I didn't stick around to catch the main act. No matter, though, for The Lines' five-song set was worth putting up with the unbearable heat of the Little Civic venue.
The four-piece opened with Tracey, the song's meaty guitars providing a backdrop for frontman Alex Ohm's snarl of 'Sweet little lies'. Sounding like Richard Ashcroft fronting a Kasabian tune, it is a song that encapsulates the band's ambition to create rockers that can get the indie punters dancing rather than just nodding their heads. Closing number No More, No Less follows in the same vein but, along the way, the audience were also treated to a new untitled song and the slow-burning but ultimately anthemic Slow It Up. The highlight of the set for me was Loudmouth where pounding drums and dirty bass give way to an escalating funk-rocker that rivals the The Rapture in the indie/dance crossover stakes. When Alex sings the refrain 'Don't speak so loud', you only want him to sing louder.
Unfortunately, due to the band not being top of the bill, the set is done and dusted in just over twenty minutes. However, the performance was tight and the lads were as impressive a support band as I've seen all year. If you get the chance to catch them, whether in a supporting capacity or at one of their headline shows, don't hesitate. With any luck, they will be signed and making waves nationwide by the end of the year.