hmv.com reviews... Don Broco @ Cardiff Great Hall
Don Broco tore up Cardiff over the weekend and we were there to take it all in...
Don Broco, celebrating their first Top five album with their brand new LP Technology, hitting Cardiff hard.
In Cardiff University’s Great Hall and it is very busy indeed.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The crowd are certainly a rowdy bunch tonight. The sold-out gig doesn’t have a single song where people aren’t bouncing about. We get people on shoulders, walls-of-death and even press-ups during the 17-song setlist tonight.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Having gradually released a slew of very strong singles over the last 18 months, they have finally released their third album Technology and celebrate by opening with their first two singles from it 'Pretty' and 'Everybody', which is as strong an opening as you are likely to see.
The material tonight showcases the new album, yet we also get a large slice of tunes from their second album Automatic including 'What You Do To Me', 'Fire' and 'You Wanna Know'. Whilst they are more poppy in tone compared to the opening brace of songs, it doesn’t make it any less chaotic within the room.
The fans go crazy for the live debut of 'Porkies' and it doesn’t disappoint. People have been frantically requesting the new tune to be played at these gigs and they finally get their wish tonight.
We even get a slice from their debut Priorities with the aforementioned title track making its way in towards the end of the set. You can hear a progression in their songs from these early tunes to the songs of today like 'Technology' and 'Stay Ignorant'. The latter with its irregular time-structure and tone changes in particular feels like a natural progression for a band that have always had their own particular groove.
From the evidence of tonight, Don Broco are in exactly the right place at the moment. They’ve never been more popular amongst fans and if shows like this continue to get played, then they will need to set their sights on bigger venues to play in the future.
Did they put on much of a show?
There is always somewhat of a swagger that effortlessly comes with the band particularly when performing live. Frontman Rob Damiani is constantly moving about and getting himself involved. It’s all complimented by the colourful light-show which illuminates the stage.
What was the highlight of the set?
If you’re going to start off a gig, then opening with 'Pretty' straight into 'Everybody' is a sure way to get people moving. When performed live, the sound seems somewhat heavier than it does on record and is complimented by the wall-of-death that opens the room in the very first song.
Where can I catch them next?
The extensive tour seems them visiting Birmingham, Norwich, Nottingham, Leeds along with many other cities up and down the UK. No doubt they will also be gracing the festival circuit by the time summer comes around and they are sure to be live favourites.