LIVE REVIEW: Lonely The Brave, Marmozets, Allusondrugs @ The O2 Academy, Birmingham

All photography is credited to Chris Clough.

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It’s a cold, autumn night in the West Midlands, and, to be blunt, it’s been pissing it down all day, while across the city, Lady Gaga is dragging the remnants of her popularity and self respect further through the mud. Not that this has deterred the dedicated crowd that turn up to the cities prime music venue, the O2 Academy. Crammed into the smallest room, the Academy 3, several hundred music-hungry fans have gathered for the Big Cheese Tour, and particularly to watch two of the UK’s fastest rising acts, Marmozets and Lonely The Brave.

First up, however, is Allusondrugs. The Leeds natives put on a good show, and their mixture of metal, grunge and a little dose of emo goes over well. Songs like ‘Am I Weird?’ showcased the bands trademark sound and got some furious headbanging going from those down the front.

After their short but sweet set, next up were Lonely The Brave. Not the most talkative of bands, they, as usual, let the music speak for itself. Lucky then, that they happen to be in possession of some of the most anthemic rock songs in recent memory. Early highlights included ‘Victory Line’ and ‘Trick Of The Light’, which got the first real movement within the crowd, while penultimate song and new single ‘The Blue, The Green’ sounds even better in a live setting. Vocalist David Jakes may be quiet when the music stops, but his voice absolutely soars when required. Final song ‘Backroads’ is just such an occasion and incited the nights first big singalong, as Lonely The Brave finished in style.

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As the third and final act of the night took to the stage, the atmosphere in the room reached a fever pitch. Opening with ‘Born Young And Free’, Marmozets started at a frentic pace, which refused to let up for the 45 minute duration of their set, while second song ‘Particle’ got the first most pit of the day. ‘Captivate You’ is the bands most radio friendly song, but shows it’s teeth live, and had not a single foot in the room rooted to the floor as singer Becca MacIntyre writhed and danced on stage in her trademark bizarre fashion. ‘Weird And Wonderful’, the pseudo-title track from their debut album is a lesser known track, but was greeted with the reaction of a lead single, while fan favourite ‘Why Do You Hate Me’ had bodies flying as it’s ferociously infectious energy made it the best song of the night.

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The band stopped before the final leg of songs to point out a small boy at his first ever concert, who was sat on his fathers shoulders, giving the metal “horns” the whole way through (later on in the night, he would be given high fives by countless others as they exited the venue). Ending the night with ‘Move Shake and Hide’ and an incredible performance of ‘Vibetech’, during which Becca and bassist Will Bottomley jump into the crowd mid song, Marmozets end the night on an immense high, their reputation as one of Britain’s best live acts well and truly cemented once again.

IMG_6760IMG_6661Review written by Sam Cowen.

All photography is credited to Chris Clough.