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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

GIG REVIEW: DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 - THE RITZ, MANCHESTER



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.  

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