It was around summer 2015 I first heard of With Confidence and I low-key have Michael Clifford from 5 Seconds of Summer to thank (just a little). I remember With Confidence’s song ‘Godzilla’ was in one of Michael’s playlists on the 5SOS Spotify. I decided to give it a listen and I instantly fell in love with it. After that, I checked out With Confidence’s song ‘London Lights’ and was completely hooked on their music.
One of the things that drew me towards With Confidence were that they were different to what I was listening to at the time. After discovering they were unsigned at the time and that their EPs Youth and Distance were self-released, it made me really appreciate their hard work and dedication to the music more. ‘London Lights’ and ‘Godzilla’, to me, both have that kind of angsty feel but are still upbeat and songs you can jam out too. Although this may just be the beginning for With Confidence, their songs so far have shown me an array of emotions and feelings; ones I haven’t even felt myself for real yet. But nonetheless, I manage to feel them regardless.
I think Better Weather and ‘Voldemort’ are genius titles but I could be biased. I tend to enjoy things when there’s a type of symbolism or meaning behind it. In an interview with Alternative Press, bassist and lead vocalist Jayden Seeley said, “‘Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.’ Voldemort is my personification of mental illness and this song is a big, happy and carefree fuck you to Voldemort.” As a fellow Harry Potter fan, and person who wants to continue breaking the negative stigma surrounding mental illness, I internally combusted when I found this out. Without getting too personal, the entire song is one that resonates with me. The lyric “despite all the reassurances and reoccurrences you will not be alone” is like a friend letting you know that no matter how many times you tell them you’ll be fine, that you don’t need their help but do end up needing their help, that it’s okay and you won’t be left in the dark.
Some other songs on Better Weather which convey similar messages are ‘Keeper’, ‘We’ll Be Okay’ and ‘Gravity’, to list a few. One of the great things about Better Weather isn’t just its name or album artwork, but how diverse the songs are on there. Even though they’re completely individual and different to each other, you’re still able to listen and say, “that’s a With Confidence song”. There’s ones about heartbreak, friendships, mental health, passion, inspiration and a whole lot more. Once all of those things are added together you get Better Weather. The album name is cool because it links back to a lyric in ‘Voldemort’ (“despite the weather, it gets better”) and that it represents the themes of the album well. “Despite the weather, it gets better” has a nice symbolic meaning, to me anyway. Sadness and negative emotions can often be associated with rain or dreary weather. But in that lyric, it’s like they’re saying that even if it is rainy and that reflects your mood, or even if it’s sunny and you’re not positive like sunny weather can be associated with, it’ll get better.
Their songs are uplifting yet acknowledge that human emotions can be negative. They don’t completely ignore the spectrum of feelings that aren’t always talked about. ‘Waterfall’ has to be one of my favourite songs off the album and quite possibly one of my favourite songs ever. It’s beautifully written, constructed and has a unique, original ending. A truly incredible song to finish the album with.
I saw With Confidence live on the 24th February 2017 at The Underworld, Camden, London. I’d never been to that venue before and the gig was a day before my 18th birthday so it was definitely something I’m never gonna forget. Jayden, Inigo, Luke and Josh exceeded any expectations I may have had prior to seeing them live. It’s safe to say that With Con are one of the most talented, down to Earth and hard working bands ever. Their energy on stage was indescribable and created an atmosphere where the crowd’s energy and the band’s energy were bouncing off of each other.
I hadn’t been to such an intimate show in a while so being able to see these guys up close was amazing. They interacted with the crowd numerous times, got everyone jumping and moving together. There were constant smiles all round. My problem with small venues or just venues where I can’t hear myself sing is that it becomes a competition with myself to be as loud as possible. So if any of you in With Con saw a purple haired person jumping up and down looking like they were yelling the entire time, it was probably me. It was an incredible night filled with great music and great people; one I’m very thankful for.
After the show, my friends and I managed to meet Inigo and Luke. Being the awkward person I am I didn’t really say much except thank you countless times after they’d both wished me a happy birthday when my friend told them it was my 18th the day after. Luke and Inigo were both super nice guys and very easy to talk to, despite myself ceasing up socially. They tried to meet and talk to as many people as possible which was refreshing to see. Hopefully, we’ll be able to meet the other half of With Confidence in the future and I might be able to talk to them with confidence (wink wink) by then.
(let's ignore how awful i look, i'm cursing myself for not taking my fringe out for these photos) thank you Luke and Inigo for talking/taking photos with us and for wishing me a happy birthday for today!! you and the rest of the band made my 18th super special and i can't thank you enough. i apologise for my awkwardness and sorta crashing into your side, Luke, for a half hug type thing. see you next time you're in london 🇬🇧🌙
On the topic of them being lovely people, on stage and off stage, they’re quite vocal about all kinds of social issues. They’re very accepting people and you feel at ease around them. You feel welcome at their shows, no matter who you are or where you come from. It’s obvious that With Confidence genuinely care about their fans. They’re constantly reassuring them that any kind of inequality or violence isn’t tolerated around them.
@lukewithcon you are not welcome at our shows. Misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism or anything of that sort is not welcome with us.
— Luke Rockets (@lukewithcon) April 9, 2016
to the dickhead who sucker punched someone in the mosh yesterday – that shit does not fly at a with confidence show and is not ok with us. our shows are a safe place and if we see that again security will swiftly move you out into the cold where you belong. see you tonight glasgow 😘 (📷: @brandonlung)
These small acts of vocalising their support and care for their fans, or anyone in general, shows a sense of community and safe space for some. Individuals are able to feel comfortable and free within the bubble of With Confidence; where they can truly be themselves without fear of judgement. At the show of theirs I went to, before ‘Long Night’, Jayden made a small speech on how he’s thankful for the fans being a source of happiness for him and the rest of the band.
The feeling Jayden described is mutual; With Confidence are a source of happiness for me. I couldn’t be any happier or prouder of the people they are and the success they’ve already had. Their music and themselves as individuals give me that little push to keep going. I’m glad I discovered this band. You all make my day that little bit better and are a constant reminder for me that things can and will get better; that I just have to continue through the bad times. I’m super excited for anything and everything you have planned for the future, I know it’ll be grand.