As if having their first ever gig put on by Rockfeedback wasn’t enough of an achievement, Theme Park managed to sell out The Lexington before I’d even arrived (8pm, as the guest list was forced to close at 8.30pm as there were too many names on it), leaving people having to be turned away at the door.
Support came from Young Man who I’d seen supporting Wolf Gang at White Heat the couple of months earlier and was rather impressed by. On a second viewing, I realised however that yes, they are clearly a band of strong performers and musicians but they do lack something which makes them shine out as well as strong choruses. I’m not convinced on how well they’ll do.
Theme Park opened their set with ‘A Mountain We Love’ , the AA side to their debut single ‘Wax’, which they of course, also played and it did of course go down well with the audience as let’s face it, they are a very new band so the two songs from the single are the only ones that the audience knew. The other couple of songs they played were also to a very high quality; hooks were strong, the performance was lively and this made it very clear that this band don’t just write songs half heartedly to fill gaps of time, they possess no ‘filler’ songs. Although a very short set, it gave everyone hope for what will come next for the band as well as encourage people to come and see them again once they’ve written more songs.
Words by Katie Wilkinson