The Subways European tour hit the legendary Bristol venue, Thekla, on Tuesday evening. I was there to capture the event.
Firstly I’ll start with a confession. The Subways are one of the main reasons that I entered music photography. I was taken to see them by my dad in 2011 as a 12 year old. It was the first gig I had attended with any sort of camera (a cheap point and shoot) but having got some decent shots I was soon starting to nag Dad to buy me a DSLR. In fact the support given by Billy, Charlotte, Josh and their manager Ben have been a major factor in my development as a gig photographer.
Over the years I have photographed The Subways numerous times. Each time I see them they do not disappoint their fans and always seem to have the uncanny knack of pleasing everybody all of the time.
Tonight’s set starts with crowd favourite We Don’t Need Money To Have A Good Time which, in these times of austerity, could be a soundtrack for a generation. Quickly followed by I’m In Love And It’s Burning In My Soul which first appeared as a B-Side around the time of The Subways first album Young For Eternity. The song has been re-imagined and still sounds as fresh as it did originally. As always at a Subways gig the pace is frenetic and song after song flies by with the band only pausing occasionally to interact with their fans. All the favourites are played and the band rebel against the expected norm of walking off returning for an encore by warning the fans that, with their permission, they’re going to be playing right through to the completion of their set.
As always I have to give The Subways top marks for what was a great gig in a rather special venue.