Concert Review – WSTR

‘Crisis at The Cookie’

Think of the time you were most sweaty. Now times it by 10. Got it? Cause that’s what it was like being at the WSTR show in Leicester on 10th July. The SOLD OUT 150 cap room had sweat dripping from the ceiling.

The Liverpudlian-based band headed to the midlands to put on an intimate show before performing another festival set at 2000 Trees. They brought along Wallflower (who also performed at 2000 Trees) who gave off big ‘Parting Gift’ vibes and had monumental instrumentals… Local band ‘We Give In’ opened up the show with the guitarist having the highest of energy, jumping into the crowd several times. These lads are up and coming, even if their manager did play the drums for them on this occasion!

DARKNESS. WSTR emerged onto the stage to a colossal scream. Kicking off with Promiscuous fired us up early. They then proceeded to perform my favourite track of theirs ‘footprints’. From the opening riff you could hear the crowd ‘du-du-du-ing’. The room soon filled with heat and began to feel like it was a sauna, with the foul stench of the sticky lager filling our nostrils. This didn’t help with 2 of the most energetic songs added to the mix in ‘hide everything sharp’ and ‘bad to the bone’.

Sammy Clifford (frontman) announced to the crowd ‘if you don’t think there is new WSTR music coming very soon, then you’re wrong’. Can you imagine? 3 albums in 3 years? Exciting times are ahead for us all…

Unsurprisingly, they did their acoustic track from Identity Crisis. The kind of song you get your flashlight and lighter out to, the compact room fell silent to listen to them perform their emotional song in ‘see you in hell’ and then parting the stage.

‘wstr, wstr, wstr fucking space’ rang around the room and effectively demanded the encore (obviously). Lighting us up one last time and getting the energy flowing they broke out with ‘Lonely Smiles’, arguably their best song and definitely a crowd favourite. Elbows, Crowd-surfers and busted lips everywhere before ending on one of the single releases ‘Crisis’.

I have now seen WSTR 4 times and each is better than the last. If you haven’t seen them yet. Why not? There are big rumours they are doing a HUGE UK tour run in the Winter, and most likely will be doing the USA early next year. SO PICK UP YOUR TICKETS!

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