Review: Knuckle Puck at Southampton’s Joiners

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck

It was like pop punk heaven last night at Southampton Joiners as Knuckle Puck began their European tour alongside Boston Manor and Seaway.

You could tell that the night was eagerly anticipated by fans as there were queues outside the sold  out venue for quite a long  way round.

As they began letting fans in, the bands started to sell their new merchandise so their loyal fans could represent them throughout the night.

First up were Blackpool band Boston Manor and honestly I couldn’t think of a better band to open up the show.

Lead singer Henry Cox put 110% into every single song and totally killed it as did the rest of the band throughout their 40 minute set.

The lads played songs from their Driftwood EP including the epic Peach State and of course the single Driftwood that sent fans to small but intimate mosh pit and even saw a few crowd surfing.

As the set continued, you could tell that Boston Manor made a lot of new fans as well who were there for the main act Knuckle Puck.

And it’s no wonder because the amount of energy these lads gave would certainly not look out of place at a major festival this year.

Boston Manor also played Gone from their latest EP Saudade and earlier today the lads released a new music video of the single which you can watch at the bottom.

After Boston Manor’s set it almost felt like the end of the night however there was still two more epic bands left to go.

During the break, everyone grabbed a beer and I even managed to get a photo taken with Henry and base player Dan and they were so down to earth as they had time for every single fans in the packed building.

Me with base player Dan and lead singer Henry Cox

Me with bass player Dan and lead singer Henry Cox

Next up were Canadian band Seaway who once again showed what pop punk was all about and really enjoyed the show.

As this was the first time I saw these guys live, I didn’t know what quite to expect however the sound of vocalist Patrick Carleton really over powered me and I had to join in with the mosh pits once again.

I managed to get right to the front as the band was playing songs from their latest album Colour Blind.

The crowd surfing continued like it did throughout the evening as the epic lights beamed on the lads and you could just tell they were having the times of their lives.

I managed to speak to one fan during the gig who was from London and told me that she was their to see Seaway and that she will be going to as many six of their gigs from the tour, which just shows the dedications and desire these bands have got behind them.



All the bands were meant to go on tour together as each of them all had a very similar vibe to them and that was to just entertain the 200 odd people singing their hearts out to the songs.

The main act of the evening was edging closer however to be honest all three of the bands quite equally deserved a spot as the main act and I’m sure all of them will be headlining tours for a very long time.

That’s the thing about The Joiners, the venue manages to capture the very best performances out of bands and it is no wonder why the likes of Green Day and Oasis once played at the venue.

American band Knuckle Puck then entered the stage and suddenly you could just hear a roar from the majority of the music lovers across the whole of the building.

The lads played a number of songs from their new album Copacetic including the hit song Distain which you guessed it created even more mayhem on the small dance area however it was certainly a sign of an epic gig.

Their single No Good from the The Weight That You Buried EP  totally rocked the place and even myself managed to some how crowd surf in true professional style.

The whole night was absolutely epic and was certainly a night to remember and that was incredibly their first night of the tour.

As the night began to close Knuckle Puck refreshingly asked fans what they wanted the encore to be and without a shadow of a doubt, the majority of their loyal fans shouted out Evergreen which of course is from their latest Copacetic.

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck

It was a great song to end the night on and once again it was the first time I watched these guys live and I’ll certainly see them again if they return locally.

All three of the awesome bands will play at Bristol’s Exchange tonight as they travel to Cardiff, London, Amsterdam, Berlin among many other cities throughout the tour in April.

Boston Manor’s new music video Gone via Pure Noise Records was released just a day after the gig – you can it below.