To wet your appetite’s for The Blackout’s London show on Monday (29th) I thought I’d share with you the review I wrote for a uni project last time I caught the guys in London, so here it is.
The Roundhouse, Camden Sunday November 6th 2011
The Welsh Rockers are back with the Hope II tour.
Chalk Farm station is alive with the almost palpable thrum of excitement in the air. Gaggles of scene looking types, with their straightened sweeping fringes and t-shirts with various band names scrawled across the front, make their way to Camden’s Roundhouse.
When we get there my eyes are immediately drawn, not to the queue, but to a trolley piled full of bedding wondering how long people have been camping out for.
As we walk to our seats we hear the first notes of Birmingham rockers, Page 44’s set. Sadly, the guys have a hard time getting a reaction from the crowd. Aside from a few bouts of jumping, arm waving and obligatory claps after each song, the crowd are static and, for the most part, unexcited which is a shame.
Next up were “sweet rock” – as their Facebook page says – band Canterbury. Who were better known and so were more accepted by the crowd, inciting a Sing-along to ‘Friends? We’re More Like A Gang’, as well as getting the pit to jump, raise their hands and clap on command.
The last support of the night was London based We Are The Ocean, Who finally got the crowd going with their shouty rock. Though I think it was half down to frontman Dan Browns’s stage presence and confidence as he bounded across the stage, jumping the barrier to stand on the crowd and getting the throng to open up a circle pit at least half the size of the crowd. The tone of the night has now been set.
After two moderately successful albums, with which they gained attention from the likes of Kerrang! and Radio One, The Blackout decided to leave major label Epitah. The band then took to online scheme Pledge music and were holding special events for pledgers like playing gigs in fans living rooms, and spending days with them at places like Bristol Zoo. So tonight’s vibe is one of fierce gratitude; the band telling us how much they love us at every available opportunity.
They play their newest album Hope in its entirety, as well as treating us to classics like the chant inciting ‘Children of the Night’, crowd pleaser ‘It’s high tide baby’ and the explosive ‘I’m a riot? You’re a fucking riot!’ The crowd proving throughout that they brought their voice boxes with them.
The lads play set closer Higher and Higher twice, in the form of an encore. The second time around singer, Gavin Butler jumps into the crowd and after being passed around for a few moments is somewhat swallowed until you can only see his legs. And Just as the night draws to a close all band members are onstage, the whole crowd with their middle fingers raised ready for a photo.
On the last night of the Hope tour, feeling the electricity in the room and hearing the collective roar of the crowd, I’d say hope definitely isn’t all these boys have.