What was this?
Even when you’re looking for it, The Borderline is easy to miss. Tucked away in an alley off of a side street off of a less populated area of Charing Cross Road, the below-ground music venue is the perfect place for punk acts to congregate. Dark and dank, with beer soaked wooden floors and slightly despondent bartenders – here Press To Meco performed to a gathering of loyal listeners. Luke Caley (guitar, vocals), Adam Roffey (bass, vocals) and Lewis Williams (drums, vocals) made the most of their biggest headline to date.
What was it like?
Press to Meco is a sometimes-unique sounding, albeit ambiguous, punkish power trio. Their sound – loud with elements of hardcore and alt rock all mushed about also incorporates harmonies more reminiscent of bizarro-Beach Boys, or Of Montreal. Caley’s ability to interact with the crowd was refreshing and fun, though perhaps stemmed from the fact that the band seemed personally acquainted with 94% of its audience. What made the gig interesting were the unique vocal harmonies in an otherwise typical hardcore show. These harmonies stood out from their characteristic wall of sound.
The tightest musical element of the show was the drums – the undeniable backbone to any good hardcore or punk show. The standout song of the evening was a debut number, which Caley asked the audience to title and was dubbed ‘Lauren’s Song’ (we’ll see if the moniker sticks). This song made the most of their harmonies, their ability to play with space between silence and noise, and showcased Williams’ abilities. The fact that all three members of the band contributed vocally to each song created a fuller sound, while in contrast when one was left to sing on their own there was something lacking (except in rare and fleeting moments).
What’s the final verdict?
A band still in its infancy with plenty of room to grow, Press To Meco have a sometimes rare sound, but haven’t quite seemed to craft it into a well-oiled live show yet. That being said, a typical gig goer isn’t necessarily looking for a moment of musical epiphany at a Press To Meco gig. A good, solid, loud rock show was promised and it was promptly delivered. Where the band showcase their more subtle talents – their harmonies and duality between loud and quiet – is something worth looking out for.