Dive Dive (+Ed Harcourt, supporting FRANK TURNER) – 53 Degrees, Preston
This is Part One of my series of reviews and interviews from Frank Turner’s headline show in Preston. Reviews of Ed Harcourt and Frank Turner, plus interviews with Turner and Dive Dive, will follow.
Having seen singer-songwriter Frank Turner perform stellar shows supporting Green Day at Lancashire County Cricket Club and Leeds Festival this year, to say I was excited about his show in Preston would be an understatement.
Despite high expectations, there was still room for them to be matched, or even bettered. First support Dive Dive got the crowd going well with a solid set. The band features three members of Frank Turner’s band, but vocalist Jamie Stuart did well as the one unfamiliar face on the stage.
Although looking overwealmed at times, Jamie controlled the crowd well, and managed to remain composed for the full set. Dive Dive have been together for most of the decade, and that experience showed in a very consistent, tight live set.
Nigel Powell was incredible on drums, showing admirable composure and innovation behind the kit. When the drummer manages to show charisma and draw you into the show, it’s clear the band is something special.
Dive Dive are used to smaller venues than this, but by and large they looked unfazed, almost like they belonged here. It will go a long way to expanding their fan-base ahead of their new album coming out early next year.
I’d not had a chance to check out the band’s material before the show, but still enjoyed the set, which was packed with fast-paced rock tracks from start to finish. There was almost a change of pace, but Jamie let the crowd reaction choose between a slow or fast song.
It’d be interesting to hear the slower side to the band, but the continual energy drew a good reaction from a crowd that received Dive Dive well.