Sea Girls are currently storming around the UK on their eleven date tour (extended due to demand), almost all dates sold out, including Southampton where we caught the show. The tour named after the opening song “Hometown” on their latest breakthrough album Homesick. The four-piece indie band from London, led by frontman Henry Camamile, played a 90 minute set full of energy and entertainment, in the city’s largest venue.
The band paused to chat just a few times, initially to reconfirm their support of #SafeGigs4Women, and then to delight the crowd reminiscing of their time playing a well known local smaller venue, The Joiners. Henry later asked “do you think you can mosh” and then obligingly played “Why Won’t You Admit”. The answer was yes. The energy of the crowd was high throughout, dancing, hands in the air, singing along, peaking as the band played “Violet” from their debut 2020 album Open Up Your Head.
The pace was slowed momentarily for “Lonely” from the latest album, with Henry on vocals accompanied just by keys, the whole crowd singing along to the chorus, a highlight of the show. The energetic crowd erupted again as the band then played the intro to one of their most popular songs from the new album, “Sick”, another highlight.
The hugely entertaining 21-song set finished with “All I Want to Hear You Say” and then “Call Me Out”, both crowd-pleasing hand-in-the-air-jumping anthems to end to proceedings. Lovely.
Support was from Lauran Hibberd, almost a hometown show, coming from the Isle of Wight just across the water from Southampton. Superb indie pop storytelling with a large side of humour. Lauran and Jess Baker, on bass, a joy to watch, both high-kicking dancing around the stage.
Lauran‘s debut album Garageband Superstar providing 5 of the 7 song superb set, closing with the charming “Last Song Ever”, which includes spoken-word style drama. Always a treat catching Lauran.