REVIEW: Prides at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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Scottish band Prides provided a lively evening of music with heaps of fan appreciation at the Wedgewood Rooms.

The three-piece band appears to have grown in confidence since I saw them support Foxes at the same venue last year.

After their performance in the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in 2014, the trio have leaped to success and their unusual sound has unsurprisingly caught the attention of a wide range of listeners.

The once slightly shy presence has been replaced with a high-energetic and fun-loving band that thrives off of audience participation.

The synth-pop group performed an array of songs from their debut summer album ‘The Way Back Up’, including ‘Out of the Blue’, which had to be the evening’s favourite.

A couple of the songs, ‘Same Mistakes’, ‘The Kite String and The Anchor Rope’ were stripped back to allow the beautiful voice of leading man Stewart Brock to shine through.

During a few of the songs the guys did seem to lose themselves in the music and their vocals were hard to hear above the energetic instrumental playing.

However as they finished their set with their debut single ‘Messiah’, the lyrics were sung back to them at full volume from, what appeared to be, a very satisfied crowd.