Photograph by Paul Bridgewater.
It may not have been mobbed by thousands of fans at the last minute or broken out in a riot but Death From Above 1979’s first show in the UK in over 5 years last night was as ferocious and chaotic as ever. Taking to the stage after Wichita’s Young Legionnaire had weaved an intricate web of early Biffy Cyro-esque noise, the venerable Canadian duo were welcomed by frenzied adoration.
Kicking the evening’s proceedings off with ‘Turn It Out’, their set included the momentous ‘Black History Month’, the heavily distorted bass-driven ‘Going Steady’, the fast-paced thrill ride that is ‘Little Girl’ and the instantly riotous ‘Romantic Rights.’ Igniting swirling, sweat-drenched circle pits left, right and centre Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger proved that, even though they’ve been absent since 2006, their vitriolic blend of dance, punk and noise-rock is as thrilling and vital as it ever was.
With extra tickets having been released for their show tonight, fans can expect an equally frenzied atmosphere.