Updated: Wednesday, 20th August 2014 @ 5:04pm

Review: Stop The Blackout @ Roadhouse – April 20

Review: Stop The Blackout @ Roadhouse – April 20

By Sean Paul Doran

Stop The Blackout played a captivating set to an appreciative Roadhouse crowd last night and we’re predicting big things for this Manchester quartet.

The indie-rock band, formed in 2008, has supported Editors in the past and there are definite similarities to be drawn between the two.

Comparisons to Coldplay and Elbow aren’t too farfetched either, and new single Oxygen is exactly the type of stadium rock track that Chris Martin would be proud to call his own.

Debut single Headlights, released in November, has been heavily praised by NME, Q Radio & BBC Introducing among others and was synched on ITV during coverage of Champions League and international football matches.

They will play in the Salford Music Festival on September 22 and will take in Leeds, London and Coventry before then.

Their reputation is growing and this epic gig will have done them no harm at all in that respect.

Opening song Above and Beyond went down a storm with their loyal band of followers but this gig would definitely have impressed those unfamiliar with their work beforehand.

Bassist Dan Lister took the idea of spilling blood for the cause in the literal sense after a minor accident at the beginning of their set.

He was able to make a Lazarus-like recovery, however, with the crowd doing their bit to help him push through the pain barrier.

All Our Lovers and Headlights got the Roadhouse revellers into the spirit and they maintained their enthusiasm throughout.

The quartet brought charisma, energy and passion to the stage and it didn’t go unappreciated.

Far Away, Pressure, and Rihanna – their tribute to the Barbadian beauty – were certainly among the pick of the tracks, although there didn’t appear to be any obvious weak links throughout the set.

Oxygen, their anthemic new release, closed the show and the chorus reverberated through the crowd who were more than willing to join in.

Demands for an encore were swiftly caved in to and Oxygen received the biggest cheer when it came to deciding which track to play again as the band hadn’t anticipated such an event.

A trip to a Stop The Blackout gig should be going on bucket lists across Manchester and you just can’t help but be impressed with these guys.