It’s been two years since Prides released their debut album ‘The Way Back Up’.
Starting life as a trio, Prides quickly sparked global attention as their indie pop songs became the soundtrack to world-renowned events from Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party to the Commonwealth Games.
Fast-forward two years and Prides have returned in their rejuvenated form with a newly formed five-piece live lineup and a refreshed sound as they head towards the release of their second album.
Returning to Scotland for a headline show at Edinburgh’s Liquid Rooms, the band leapt onto the stage with frontman Stewart Brock simply exclaiming ‘it’s been a while‘ as they propelled into their most recent single ‘Away With The Night’.
Getting straight into the groove, the band had quickly won over the crowd with their tried and tested formula for tracks with huge pop hooks and repeatedly catchy lyrics.
Alongside these firm favourites, the band took the opportunity to showcase some new album tracks for the first time, a brave move for a room full of fans waiting on those singalong moments. The new tracks featured a boosted synth injection and strong bass lines throughout. Containing all the traditional Prides elements fans have grown to love, the new singles were crafted to their winning formula, but some of these perhaps repeated this a little too closely, removing any strong distinctiveness between the tracks.
Engaging with the crowd throughout, it was undoubtedly Prides’ older songs that the crowd were waiting for. As soon as the mention of a throwback track slipped into the set, the cheers began instantaneously as the crowd needed no encouragement to dance along with their in sync jumping and Scottish singalongs. In particular, recent single ‘Are You Ready’ was a standout highlight.
The night also saw Stewart and Callum take it back to basics, stepping onto the stage as a duo, creating an intimate feeling for tracks including ‘Little Danger’, an undeniably strong song which once again saw the crowd overpowering the duo whose beaming smiles said it all.
Leaving the crowd dancing into the night ending on ‘The Seeds You Sow’ and ‘Messiah’, quickly raising the tempo, Prides made a strong return to Scotland. The band proved they are more than ready to launch the next stage of their musical journey and have plenty of pop powered songs for the ride, now it’s time to wait to see how these tracks transcend to the band’s second record.