I’m trying to write about Arcade Hearts who supported Jerry Williams at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth last Saturday (21st October), but I’m being completely distracted by how good they’ve got over the past year. For a start, I didn’t believe/realise that it was the band’s first appearance at Wedgewood Rooms, but after that performance, it certainly won’t be their last.
Arcade Hearts set was a good mixture of firm favourites as well as yet to be released tracks. Starting off with the ever dynamic ‘Fool Me‘, the band gave just a taste of what was yet to come for the rest of their set. ‘Running‘, the latest release from the band was appreciated even before it had started with frontman Daniel Surridge-Smith exclaiming “glad that someone knows it other than me”. New track ‘Darling Girl‘ was definitely a personal highlight for me which starts off as a remarkably catchy track before merging into a darker, slightly less polished ‘Different Place‘, another new track. Very much looking forward to hearing studio versions of both of these anyway. Set closer ‘Honey‘ drew their mighty fun set to a close with a bang.
The gig felt a lot more comfortable for the band in comparison to previous times that I’ve seen them. Their overall band dynamic and the energy that they bring to their indie disco-pop is something to be admired. It would be good to see Arcade Hearts headline Wedgewood Rooms themselves one day, but they were a more than suitable warm-up for Jerry Williams this time around.
You can see more photos from Jerry Williams supported by Arcade Hearts live at Wedgewood Rooms here.