hmv.com reviews... Don Broco @ Bristol Marble Factory
Don Broco breezed into Bristol last week and we caught them in action...
Don Broco on their Priorities/Automatic tour playing each album in full on alternate nights.
An intimate, very hot and sweaty Bristol Marble Factory.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
From the get go the sold out crowd are bouncing away and there's no let up throughout the night. It's surprising in the heat how much energy everybody has; by the end of it everybody is dripping with sweat.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
As this is night one of two in Bristol, we are treated to hearing their debut album Priorities in full, which they state themselves is four years old to this week. When the opening notes of 'Priorities' kick in, people run in from the back to get themselves involved as close as they can, but in fact the whole room is pretty much bouncing.
'Yeah Man' prompts singing competitions from within the crowd into 'Hold On' which again opens the floor wide open. The band themselves are struggling with the heat but that does not take away any of the intensity they bring to the show tonight.
They say that this is going to be the last ever time that some of these songs are going to be played, which in itself is a great shame particularly with tunes like the heavy 'Fancy Dress'. 'Whole Truth' however gets the biggest cheer and sing along of the night causing everybody with no exception to start pogoing without prompting.
The Priorities set is rounded of with a rousing version of closing track 'Actors' to which they leave to chants of their name. However it feels like ages before they eventually return to the stage especially in the sweltering heat. However the wait is very much worth it with probably the best four songs of the night. It all kicks off with new single 'Everybody' which sounds even beefier life then it does on record and that translates to the very active audience.
There's no let up with a one-two of singles 'You Wanna Know' and 'Money Power Fame' which has everyone moving and singing in similar fashion. It's all finished off with one of their first ever songs 'Thug Workout', probably still their heaviest effort to date. It would have been interesting to see how 5SOS fans would have reacted to this metal on show having recently supported them on their UK arena tour. We get one man mosh-pits in the smoking area outside, press ups all culminating in a 'wall of death' which takes up the entire room. It's a great way to top off what has already been an energetic and active gig.
Did they put on much of a show?
They bounce about on stage with a high intensity and always with a massive smile on their face. At times they say how much they are slightly regretting it with the lights making it even hotter for them than anybody in the pit.
What was the highlight of the set?
Latest single 'Everybody' comes after what seems like an eternity before the encore but it is definitely worth the wait. It combines everything that's great from this band with their signature groove mixed with their heavy riffs. It may have only been released for a few weeks but it's clearly going to be a live staple in their setlist for years to come from the reaction tonight.
Where can I catch them next?
Unfortunately the band have said that these will be the last'headline shows they play for some time now, however you can catch them just before Bring Me The Horizon on their Autumn arena tour which is definitely one not to be missed!
Don Broco's latest album Automatic is out now and available to preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page.