GIG REVIEW: DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 - THE RITZ, MANCHESTER
Loud, Fuzzy and a hell of a lot of energy, that’s exactly what
you’d expect from a show from Death From Above 1979 and their latest Manchester
visit did not disappoint. The show at one of Manchesters most charismatic
venues, the Ritz, was full of atmosphere from the get go. The support band
Turbowolf set the night off with a powerful and melodic set, setting the scene
for a night full of fuzzy power chords and robust choruses.
As the Canadian rock duo hit the stage, it was clear the crowd were ready for
the bands first time back in Manchester since their reunion. Their opening
track causing a huge pit to open in the middle of the floor and multiple bodies
to run in showing a crowd up for a good time. The tightness and precision of their live
performance meant that fans had the opportunity to really get lost in the music,
track after track was played with no deviation from the studio versions. Although
no fault could be found with the bands energy and musical it seems as though
they were slightly rusty in terms of delivering on point banter in between
songs, often opting for silence or an awkward comment or two. However momentum
was kept with some songs bleeding into the next which was an effective atmosphere
and energy builder.
Although lacking the ability to carry a crowd in the traditional sense Death
From Above 1979 do put on a good show. Although slightly rusty in between songs
they do have an awkward charm that did keep the crowd laughing. Their music
speaks for itself and it is their ability to play it so well that brings people
to their shows, which is something you can’t really argue with.