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Broadway Calls

at: Koko

March 3rd, 2009 · post by jas · Make a comment

Date of the event: 16/02/09

Formalities first: apologies for the terribleness of this review, and only actually covering one band. I was feeling pretty ill and so headed home before either The Audition or Alkaline Trio had played.

I was gutted to have missed Broadway Calls earlier on their tour in Kingston, as their S/T CD is pretty much constantly blaring through my headphones.

They emerged onstage at the Koko pretty early to a fairly empty floor, and cracked straight on with ‘The Freedom Haters’ and ‘Fuck You Seattle’. I thought people would appear from the toilet/bar and fill out the place. But although it did get a little busier, it stayed disappointingly quiet. From my vantage point a few rows back in the middle, I couldn’t see a single person dancing or singing along, which made the atmosphere quiet flat. The band tried to evoke a response with banter, but even this was met with subdued responses.

However, they played their set as hard and polished as a band who’s just finished an extensive tour of Europe, and the impressive light show almost literally managed to blind me to all the crowd-related rubbishness.

The set crashed on with the band accentuating the fast and slow tempo changes in ‘Van Rides and High Tides’, and messing around with the vocal harmonies in ‘Suffer The Kids’. This is clearly a band that knows their stuff back to front and is ready to get out and tour their next offering, which is due for release soon on SideOneDummy.

Chucking in an appetiser for this, ‘One More You’, they then finished on ‘Save Our Ship’, and one of the S/T’s strongest tracks ‘Back To Oregon’.

I was left with the feeling I really wished I had caught them at the Peel where I would have been able to hear them play a load more songs and (presumably) got to immerse myself in the atmosphere of a bunch of people going crazy for them.

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