Stoke-on-Trent band In The Cards have played their new single “We Will Never Die” live for the first time in front of a full house in Hanley.
The Birches Head-based band performed in front of around 400 people at the Sugarmill venue.
It was before one of the biggest crowds they have played to since forming in November 2010 as pupils at Birches Head High School.
Written by bassist Nathan Petherick, the lyrics tackle the struggles of a teenager becoming an adult.
Following their joint-headline performance, which the band shared with Junction 16, Nath told StaffsLive: “We Will Never Die is about growing up and looking back at the days you were small and had no worries.
“The fact that when you turn 18 you get all this responsibility and your childhood is effectively over.”
In The Cards debuted the single as part of their 10 song set list, which also included their signature song Sirens and festive classic Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, on the day Nath turned 18.
He added: “It’s fitted in perfectly with it being my birthday.”
The gig was one of a number of notable events for the band this year, which included supporting Funeral For A Friend in July, releasing their first professional music video and headlining their first gig outside Staffordshire in October.
But for drummer Conor Chambers, 17, this was a major highlight. He said: “This is one of the best gigs we’ve ever played.
“It’s a good way to end the year, put it that way.”
Lead singer Amy Colclough spoke of her nerves ahead of the sell-out concert. She said: “I was really nervous.
“It seems to get worse every time, rather than better.
“But it was so good though. As soon as I got up there the nerves went and it was really fun.”
And the 18-year-old frontwoman also spoke of the crowds’ reaction to the single Sirens.
“Most people know it now.
“That feeling when people sing your song, it’s just great!”
And the five-piece, made up of lead singer Amy, bassist Nathan, lead guitarist and vocalist Danny Jones, 18, drummer Conor, and pianist Jacky Hui, 17, are keeping tight-lipped about potentially big things in the future.
Nath added: “We have plans, but we can’t disclose them.”