For someone who has never been to Millian before, I was quite impressed with the venue. Where the show is being held at does play a part – albeit a minor one – to how the show will turn out. From the impeccable sound system where you can distinctively hear every beat, riff, bass and vocals, to how intimate the setting felt. I knew I was in for a treat once the opening act, Subsonic Eye burst on to the stage with their first song.
Having gained a favourable amount of following in the local alternative music scene, Subsonic Eye did a stellar job at kickstarting the night. With the release of their upcoming record Strawberry Feels, the quintet teased the audience with a handful of fresh new tracks, on top of familiar ones like ‘Cosmic Realignment’ and ‘I Wish I Was Floating Instead’. The trippy and eye-catching background visuals complemented the set very well when each song was being played.
Up next, along came four Japanese lads wearing oversized and printed shirts, ready to put on a show. Wasting no time, they opened their set with Circle on the Snows, a track from their self-released Glowing Red on the Shore EP. The crowd moved closer to the stage, soaking in on the intimate atmosphere.
Based in Kobe, Japan, The Fin. charmed the audience with their blend of dreamy synth-pop and chillwave tunes, using the opportunity to perform songs from their latest EP, such as Through the Deep and Divers.
Despite coming from a country that produces popular J-pop music which are more globally recognised, The fin. proves that their anomalous European-inspired tracks could be just as successful, too. Having been signed to UK-based record label Lost In The Mirror and performing at music festivals such as SXSW, big things are in store for these guys.
The quartet closed the night with Glowing Red on the Shore which was the ultimate crowd pleaser. Despite having no encore, the hour long set was deliciously satisfying and made everyone have a swimmingly good time.
Special thanks to Symmetry Entertainment for bringing them down.