Friday, 31 August 2012

At The Drive-In - Brixton 28th August 2012

Oh my god. At The Mother-F*ckin' Drive-In

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What an amazing return. Having missed them when they broke up some 12 years ago, I was damn sure I was seeing them this time. At The Drive-In were and are once again one of my all time favourite bands, from the crazy vocals, to the esoteric musical clashes and changes of tempo and movement.

They were geniuses in indie kids clothing and they remain so. Except they're now 12 years older and wiser. Cedric and Omar have returned from their Prog Mars Volta excellence and Jim Ward and Tony Hajjar from the Sparta.

Here they finished their Relationship of Command tour. The last of the tour after playing Reading & Leeds and the best by far (or so the merchandise guy told me).

Absolutely blistering performance.

Played in by MMOTHS - a DJ set of chillax really, it set a mellow scene for what was about to blow my mind. From the frank craziness of having a constantly boiling kettle, through to unbelievable sets of crashing guitars, pummelling drums and heaving mosh pits.

All the favourites were played, leading to a crescendo with breakthrough One Armed Scissor acting as the encore completion. Perfect.

Only thing I didn't see was Omar's breakdancing. But then he's old and frankly the joints have probably seized. Only down side…

That and the music balance was crap to start but the tech's managed to sort it out by the end.