Tuesday night saw us heading to Water Rats to see Anathallo, friends from the US on their first UK tour. They’d been in the country for a while, opening for Manchester Orchestra, but this was their sole headline show of the trip. We were pleasantly surprised to see the small venue packed with people and, like the band, a little taken aback to hear quite so many people singing along.
Anathallo’s on-stage identity revolves around their high energy performances, so it was worrying to hear that several of them were suffering from strep throat. Obviously the enthusiasm of the crowd worked its magic as their energy levels were as high as I’d ever seen them. Whether it was growing maturity or a matter of venues, the melodies and percussion seemed in better balance than last time we’d seen them.
The band are hoping to be back in the UK later in the year and are well worth seeing. Either way, I highly recommend taking a listen on their last.fm page.