Taking Back Sunday @ The Ritz
Manchester boys rocked up a storm opening for the pop punk legends, there energy was contagious and they made for one hell of an opener. Their poptastic riffs and melodies livened up the Manchester crowd on a Friday night. Though the sound was a little off and it wasn’t quite mixed right, Blitz Kids powered through to give a good opening performance. I’ve had my eye on these guys for a while and they get better everytime I hear from them. However I don’t think they're quite ready for the prime time yet, but it’s definitely coming, their live sets still feel a little shaky, I think they just need to show a little more confidence, they’ll get there though. Overall thoroughly enjoyable band, always worth watching.
The Yorkshire punks hit the stage...hard. I mean, these guys didn’t stop moving through their whole set, to borrow from Kid Rock “I saw your band, jumping around on stage like a bunch of wounded ducks” yep pretty accurate, and I don’t mean it as an insult. I just want to get across how wild these guys (and gal) actually are on stage. They just look like they're having so much fun and the crowd just feeds off of that energy. They sounded great playing a set of all new songs from their recent debut album The Weird and Wonderful. All four of the big hits Born Young and Free, Why Do You Hate Me?, Captivate You and the monstar of a tune Move, Shake, Hide all got the crowd singing and dancing and it was a lot of fun. The best song of their set by miles was their new tune Vibetech which has a wonderful sound, it sounds like their old EP stuff just modernised. Fantastic band with a bright future.
Setlist Born Young and Free Why Do You Hate Me? Is It Horrible Captivate You Hit the Wave Move, Shake, Hide Vibetech
Taking Back Sunday: Making every second count
So this is the band that all the modern pop-punk acts pretty much grew up listening to, and with good reason, I would have to say this is one of the best live produced sets I have ever heard. The sound was crystal clear, now horrible distortion blocking the guitarist playing ability and overriding the vocals, no badly mixed in drums that are too powerful for the human ear, no this was really well done. Taking Back Sunday made every single second count. The set itself was a good mixture of new and old stuff which was sure to please any of the fans. Big fan favourite songs such as MakeDamnSure, Liar (It Takes One to Know One)and Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team) made the set and the crowd singback was immense and the band a great crowd control.
However there were some niggling problems I had with the set, nitpicks… yes, but still worth pointing out. for one I could hear the third guitarist, I mean he was playing his heart out but i couldn’t make it out, when the production and mixing were so good, it was just noticeable. Also there banter with the crowd could have been a little better, okay it’s not a requirement to have a back and forth with the audience but in a pop-punk gig, I find it it better to be funny, it just makes you look like a better stage worker. Just a thought.
Overall, This was an awesome night there was a lot of fun to be had, the crowd were really in to it and the bands seemed to have had fun. All three bands impressed and when I was going in expecting good, they gave me amazing!
Setlist What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? A Decade Under the Influence Number Five with a Bullet Stood a Chance Liar (It Takes One to Know One) They Don't Have Any Friends Faith (When I Let You Down) Set Phasers to Stun Better Homes and Gardens You're So Last Summer Error: Operator Beat Up CarMy Blue Heaven Flicker, Fade You Know How I Do All the Way Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team) MakeDamnSure