After touring Europe and the UK pretty much every night for the past month, Counterfeit. made it down Brighton for the penultimate night of their tour, promoting the release of their debut album Together we are Stronger.
Supporting Counterfeit tonight (and on their UK tour) were Faux (who we’ve unfortunately missed) and TIGRESS.
With The Haunt being already packed with dedicated fans who have been securing their spot in the front for Counterfeit., TIGRESS performed to a full house and have gave an excellent performance throughout.
Lead singer Katy sure knows how to work a crowd, her charismatic persona had everyone hooked from the get go.
After a short interval, it was time for Counterfeit. to take the stage. If you looked away for a second and didn’t see what was going on, you could have easily assumed that frontman Jamie Bower has just entered the stage, judging by the endless screams of his die hard fans.
It seemed like Counterfeit.’s show did not have a beginning or an end tonight: they started on full power- no ease-in, no adjusting to the stage or taking a moment to get warmed up: they were bang on, and maintained this level of energy throughout the night.
Jamie has spoiled the fans with several trips into the centre of the audience, singing and playing from the heart of it all, sometimes accompanied by his brother Sam on guitar.
During one of those said trips and just before breaking into the beautiful ballade ‘Letters to the Lost’, Jamie took the opportunity to raise awareness of suicide being the biggest cause of death in the UK for men under 45 and about how important it was to make it ok for men to talk about their feelings more openly.
Immediately after, the band got back to their usual, faster tempo, and the night just got better and better. The die hard fans which have followed the band across the country and attended each show seemed to have been over the moon ecstatic, same as the Counterfeit.’s virgins in the room who’ve seen them for the first time tonight.
The night ended with surprise inflatables falling from The Haunt’s balcony straight into our loving hands, which included huge beach balls, flamingos and the occasional rubber ring.
Our verdict: With great songs and melodies, a flawless performance and an engaging presence- Counterfeit. have left us highly impressed. Go see them When you can, you’ll thank us later.
Listen to Counterfeit.’s debut album Together we are Stronger here
Counterfeit. + support from TIGRESS and Faux.
April 29th, The Haunt, Brighton
Words and photos by Gili Dailes