hmv reviews… The Blackout at London's O2 Academy Islington
Welsh rockers The Blackout have been going through a bit of a tough time lately. They kicked off 2012 by releasing their fourth album Start The Party, an album packed full of bangers and big choruses, they toured solidly for months in support of the record, and, just as they were getting ready to think about album number five, everthing was alarmingly brought to a halt. The band were two dates into their final UK run when co-frontman Gavin Butler suffered a hemiplegic migraine onstage in Manchester, forcing the band to shelve the rest of the tour and simply hope that Butler's condition, which can lead to permanent disability, wasn't as serious as it looked.
Never a band to disappoint fans, once Butler got the all clear and felt properly rested, they simply rescheduled the tour, which kicked off last night (January 17) at London’s O2 Academy Islington, here’s our review...
The Blackout. Welsh six-piece famed for their big riffs and even bigger choruses.
Islington Academy, the venue in a shopping centre. You forget that quickly though…
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was. There was a bit of a gap at the back, but then the band are playing two nights at the venue so there was bound to be a little bit of give. The atmosphere was superb, with loud sing-a-longs on show on pretty much every track.
Who was supporting?
LostAlone, the Derby trio tried hard to gee the crowd up, but ultimately fell flat with their over widdly, unfocused guitar rock. Nevermind...
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It was tidy 90 minutes and leant heavily on the band’s 2009 record Hope, with roughly half of that album aired along with highlights from their other three records.
Any good between song banter?
So. Much. Banter. The Blackout’s Sean Smith is something of a raconteur and there were endless self-deprecation between tracks as well as numerous cheeky digs at the audience. He carries it off rather well though...
Did they put on much of a show? Any fireworks?
Sadly no, the gig was in a shopping centre after all. They made up for it though….
What was the set highlight?
‘Higher And Higher’ sent the crowd crazy, as did ‘Children Of The Night’, but the biggest reception of the night was reserved for ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’.
Where can I catch them next?
They're on tour in the UK throughout the month, get yourself down there.
Would you recommend it?
Definitely. The Blackout have always been a terrific live band and they continue to dominate every stage they walk out on.
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