POETS OF THE FALL - BLACKOUT PROBLEMS - Manchester Club Academy 14.10.18

TERRY MARLAND

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Club is the third largest of Academy’s four Manchester venues. Situated in the basement of the complex, it is an intimate setting. The predominantly standing area is surrounded by multi-levelled viewing and seating areas under a low ceiling. The capacity is 650 and as BLACKOUT PROBLEMS start their set there is already a healthy crowd gathering.

 

As the German band take to the stage compelling frontman Marios announces that “we have 30 minutes to find love”. This statement emphasises the short time the band have in their warm-up slot and they certainly make the most of their half-hour spotlight time. It becomes evident from the get-go that Mario has charisma, energy and a keen sense of fun ( not to mention bundles of talent ) as the set progresses he alternates between vocal, keyboard and guitar duties demonstrating considerable versatility.

 

The clock is against them and he wants to feel closer to the audience so mid-way through the first number he steps across the pit onto the ‘safety ‘ barriers and launches himself into the crowd. It’s a gamble that pays off. The audience warm to the band and as they work they through their five-song set their reaction is more enthusiastic with each song.

It’s not all about the frontman though. They are a tight unit working together. All members are fully immersed in their performance and provide a full-on half-hour powerhouse performance that has the venue rocking.

 

As they move to their last two songs, Mario announces that there is only one rule in his country, “if one person dances, everybody dances” While not getting 100% compliance, most of the audience respond and join in on the 1: 2: 3; 4 refrain on the song.

 

They may only have had thirty minutes but they certainly won the Manchester crowd over tonight.

 

Blackout Problems are

 

Marcus - Bass / Vocals
Mario - Guitar / Vocals
Michael - Drums
Moritz – Guitar and Vocals

 

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Finnish rockers POETS OF THE FALL hail from Helsinki. Established in 2003 they have eight studio albums under their belt and are on tour promoting their most recent offering ‘Ultraviolet’.

 

From the opening number ‘Dreaming Wide Awake” from their 2011 album ‘Alchemy No 1’ you are aware of the strong bond between band and fans.  Frontman Marco Saaresto lurches towards the audience with pitch-perfect vocals while the remainder of the band maintains eye contact with the crowd while dancing along to the opening number.

They follow this up with ‘Dancing on Broken Glass’ and ‘False Kings’ from their new album. These are polished performances that replicate accurately the studio sound of their albums. Lyrics are crystal clear without any distortion from the outset.

 

It’s difficult to categorise their musical genre, it’s somewhere between pop and rock but there is no doubting the high standard of musicianship on show tonight. This is well showcased on the instrumental ‘Rogue’ from the ‘Jealous Gods’ album where we witness inspirational guitar solos accompanied by some scintillating work on the keyboard.

 

Although they have played much larger venues on the continent, their engaging delivery suites the Club audience perfectly.

 

After playing for an hour they say goodnight to the Manchester crowd before returning for a five-song encore. “Do you want some Rock and Roll?” asks Marko Saaresto before launching into ‘Locking Up the Sun from ‘Carnival of Rust’ that once again animates the audience and features some foundation-shaking drumming from Jiri Salminen. They also include an extended version of ‘The Sweet Escape’ from ’Ultraviolet’ that features some exquisite guitar work.

 

Fans favourite ‘Carnival of Rust’ is the penultimate number before finishing with the calming ‘Choir of Cicadas’ that sends fans home content.

 

Poets of The Fall are:   

 

Marko Saaresto (vocals)

Olli Tukiainen (guitar),

Markus Captain Kaarlonen (keyboards)

Jaska Mäkinen (guitar)

Jani Snellman (bass)

Jiri Salminen (drums)

 

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