Taking Back Sunday @ The Ritz
Long Island alt rockers perform to buzz and adulation
Words & photos: Frederick Apps
First support Milestones drew in a decent crowd for their early 7.30 start. A good line up with a well balanced blend of spangly guitars and strong pop punk drums, they made the most of the attention of the early arrivals. I’ve got to say its one of the best venues in Manchester, well above many simply based on its acoustics and its intimate proximity between crowd and stage and it makes their set all the more enjoyable.
All of tonight’s bands deserved their places on such a great stage and there was a lot of substance to be found in the young support acts. Younger bands may often struggle nowadays due to record companies seemingly prefer to sell faces rather than song writers, but as Manchester Rocks always champions, there is some superb local talent around.
The second support act then, Frankie Iero and The Patience, were much improved and all the better for the wait. Backed by and with their foundations firmly planted in a great drummer he was, in my eyes and ears, the main man of the band. Contrary to their name, his fantastic mix of high energy, all round performance and ability stole the show. He resembled Animal from the Muppet Show at points – many a drummer’s personal hero, and tonight he plays heroically.
Taking Back Sunday compelled the audience into a lot of participation throughout their headline set, with the likes of Error: Operator and set closer MakeDamnSure, both from from 2005’s Louder Now, most prominent.
However, for a casual bystander, it is often easy to see the similarities between many of their songs – it all flowed nicely but didn’t always stir the imagination. But for the dedicated fans, it was hard to ignore their buzz and adulation and you have to salute the band’s balls for doing what they do.