Review of My Chemical Romance at Brixton Academy
Here we are, at the second date of My Chemical Romance's sold out brixton
academy gigs. The atmosphere is huge, in a teenage army of black and
long fringes. As we waited in the ever-extending queues, entertainment
was bought to us outside with a truck with a 60 inch tv on the back
of it playing various videos from the band.
As we finally make it into the academy, we are greeted by the sound
of Drive-By. A 4-piece run of the mill band playing a 40 minute set
of catchy (but average) emo songs, time to go for a piss methinks.
Now, Every time i die are a revelation. A 5-piece with a huge sound,
the singer may look feeble but the scream he produces is immense. After
Drive-by this sent the crowd wild, with probably the most violent moshes
of the night. They bounce about the stage and show an energy which the
crowd related to all the way through their set. But the biggest scream
came mid-set when the vocalist announced, "We co-wrote a song with
this guy and he's going to help us sing it!". And out came Gerad
Way to a rapurous scream, deafening out the music itself. Every time
i die were a great band and definatley one to look out for.
Now everyone is buzzing, the headliners are due to take the stage and
even their roadies get a bigger cheer than the previous bands. A huge
cheer went up as the lights dropped and Gerad and Ray took to the stage
and played the haunting, gentle 'Interlude' which then explodes into
the ferocious 'Thank you for the venom' and the rest of the band take
the stage. Even though the notoriously bad brixton sound makes it hard
to distinguish parts, the performance blows the crowd away. They make
the stage their own and suddenly the rest of the night seems irrelivent.
'Hang 'em high' is mind-bendingly powerful, and 'The Ghost of you' is
even more epic than on the c.d. They throw in a cover of Blur's 'Song
2' which sparks a mass sing-along, and the new song from the forthcoming
album is very impressive. They end the set on 'You know what they do
to guys like us in prison' which is by far the best song of the night
and leave the stage to screams of "MCR MCR MCR". An encore
'I'm not okay' finishes the night in fine fashion.
Okay, they may be a bit uncool and have a teenage following, but tonight
My Chemical Romance blow brixton away. Looking forward to the new album
and a new tour.
By Joe Savins
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