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Forever The Sickest Kids

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Forever The Sickest Kids - Islington Academy

 Even four hours before they are scheduled to take the stage, the members of Forever the Sickest Kids were seemingly charged for the night's performance.  Caleb Turman (guitar/vocals) and Kyle Burns (drums) casually discuss outfit for a potential photo shoot - outfits including Kyle's birthday suit - as the rest of the band pile out of the dressing room and introduce themselves.  It soon becomes apparent who the more vocal ‘Kids’ as Jonathon Cook (vocals), along with Caleb and Kyle, is conversational and upbeat.  Throughout the interview, it's apparent that FTSK are completely comfortable with where they are in their musical career and show an honest insight into their world.  Kyle's step brother Kent Garrison (keys) and Marc Stewart (guitar) are shy to begin with but quickly relax and enhance the group dynamic with funny yet interesting contributions and Austin Bello (bass/vocals) is more than willing to lead the band sing-a-longs.

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Both support bands, Furthest Drive Home and Danger Radio, warm the crowd up and lay the foundations for an explosive set from FTSK.  As the stage is set up, including Jonathon's glittering 'FTSK' microphone stand, the fans build an atmosphere ready for the final set.  As FTSK bound onto the stage and dive straight into their set list (one which is filled with both EP and album songs as well as previously unofficially released tracks) everyone in the venue goes crazy and ‘parties’ with the band.  From the early demo ‘Becky Starz’ to the insanely popular ‘Whoa Oh (Me vs. Everyone)’ the crowd shout every syllable making the gig feel more like an intimate sing-a-long than an 800 capacity venue.  Returning to play ‘She’s a Lady’ for the encore, the place erupts with dancing and singing that competes with FTSK’s own amplified sound.

 

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Throughout FTSK’s set an electrifying mood pulses through the bodies of every onlooker and even lingers in the air after fans leave the venue, all ecstatic, confirming that it was ‘money well spent’. For Forever the Sickest Kids it is an incredible turn out for their second UK tour and from tonight’s turn out, it is obvious that they would be able to fill larger venues in the future. It is apparent that the band feels they owe a lot to their fans and have no problem hanging out with them both before and after the gig.  It is certain that, as FTSK go from strength to strength they will remain the energetic, fun loving band that all the fans know and love them as and continue to produce dominant, anthemic power pop for the masses.

 

Forever the Sickest Kids - Whoa oh (Me vs Everyone)

 



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