Review: Vistas @ The Caves

Sunday night saw three Edinburgh-based bands on the bill at The Caves, an intimate venue tucked away in the cobbled streets of the Cowgate.

Headliners for the night were four-piece Vistas, a band who have been winning praise from all quarters.

From sessions for Vic Galloway’s radio show, appearances at Hit the North, Live at Leeds and Liverpool Sound City, to a headlining slot at the upcoming King Tut’s Summer Nights in July, this is a band in demand.

First up were the support acts, with the three-piece Motion taking the early slot. Formed in 2016, the band impressed with their shiny shoegaze sound, tunes full of glorious glimmering guitars and heavy bass lines.

The pysch-pop infusion of Myths went down well and Suburban Dreams and Fingers On The Key also got a good reaction from the crowd.

It’s well worth checking out their Motion EP and single Of The Night on Spotify.

Next up were The Motion Poets, an indie-laced grunge band who are building up a fine live reputation and an ever growing legion of fans.

Plenty of influences are evident – from a Franz Ferdinand vibe to Arctic Monkeys – but the band still manage to stamp their own sound on their songs.

They came armed with a crowd of followers and the atmosphere immediately heated up when they hit the stage. It was a lively set that kept the enthusiastic audience dancing and it ended strongly with One Too Many and a blistering performance of their latest single, A Girl Like This.

With The Caves packed, Vistas came on to a huge roar from the crowd.  There was a hive of activity around the front of the stage as the set opened and the audience jostled for position.

This band specialise in guitar-driven hooks laded with sweet pop melodies – and it’s a winning combination.

The crowd were loving it and by the time they broke into recent single Calm, the mosh pit was at least five deep, with fans bouncing off one another.

Vistas’ next single, Tigerblood (due out 25 May) went down a storm, showing these boys have plenty more to come.

The rousing set ended with the high-energy of Hold Me whipping the crowd into one last frenzy.

This band are on fire and you better start feeling the heat.

Words: Alan Hotchkiss

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