The Collision Review: ‘This is a band on the move in more ways than one’ 

The Collision performed at the Wedgewood Rooms on Saturday night. Picture: Rhona Murphy Photography
The Collision performed at the Wedgewood Rooms on Saturday night. Picture: Rhona Murphy Photography

It is usually a haunt of established touring acts, but the main stage at The Wedgewood Rooms is fast becoming a second home for young indie-rockers The Collision.

For the second time in less than 12 months, the Hampshire band packed out the 400-capacity Albert Road venue with their own headline show.

Last time, frontman Lewis Smith, guitarists Dan Hennessy and Evan Latter, bassist Tom Copeland and drummer Chris Latter were launching their debut EP, Never Gone.

Now, the teenagers were playing the first night of a 13-date tour, which will take them as far as Sheffield, Hull, Liverpool and Plymouth.

It is an ambitious step-up for an unsigned act, but if you sell out your home shows, then you need somewhere else to go.

No one was keener than the band’s lead singer to get the crowd up and jumping. From the opening single Runaway to encore number Savannah Marie, Lewis Smith bounces around the stage, while, later, he gets a mosh pit swirling during a new song called You.

With all this energy, fortunately everyone on stage makes a big contribution. Here is a group who put everything into their sets.

Lewis also revealed that a new tune named Ghosts, first played on the Real Ale stage at Victorious Festival, would be the band’s next single. Earlier in the evening, local favourites Marmalade Moonshine, Submariner and Lobster Pot drew a big crowd before the headliners.

After their national excursions, The Collision are next in the south supporting Wild Front at The Engine Rooms, Southampton, on October 19.

It is still early days, but it seems that this is a band on the move in more ways than one.