The Hype Theory first grabbed my attention last June on a hot sunny day whilst floating down the River Thames on board the HMS Hammer enroute to the Metal Hammer Awards. The Essex rockers made a spirited entrance performing on the deck whilst passing the Tower Of London, enthralling me with a happy go lucky set full of innocent teenage fun.
Since then the band have released their debut album 'Glory Days', an album full of pop punk infectious classics. Tonight The Hype Theory are playing a low key gig on a four band bill, but there's only one band I'm here for tonight and it's my first real chance to catch the band in full proper live action.
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Judging by the push to get down the front as the band made their entrance, it seemed that everyone else was here for the very same reason. Pint size singer Katy Jackson walks to the front monitor with a megaphone and reads out the opening lyrics to their second single, 'Kid At Heart', before the band blast into this catchy number and before I know it I'm becoming a youthful kiddie myself all over again.
With her black eye make up and jet black hair Katy Jackson looks like a young Cleopatra and whilst she dosn't need to be aware of an asp she does have a venomous grasp of holding the fan's attention with her arm held aloft and fingers outstretched for all to read her palm.
Guitarist Sean Bishop spends much of the time with his feet of the ground jumping up and down constantly to the powerful hooks. New boy Jack The Lad did a fine job on the bass.
'These Are The Times' and 'You're Going Home Alone' were neat little sing-along numbers and the band ended an all too brief set with their first single, the anthem 'We Will Be Singing'.
A great little set full of positive vibes. Believe the Hype!
Kid At Heart
Rich And Famous
He's Your Problem Now
These Are The Times
You're Going Home Alone
We Will Be Singing