ALEXISONFIRE / CHASTITY / CHILD'S POSE - Alexandra Palace, London 01.06.19
PHOTO CREDITS: STUART ISTEED
Alexandra Palace is one of the most iconic venues in London. Its remarkable architecture and the beautiful location could add a chilled and relaxed vibe to any show. The comeback of ALEXISONFIRE, one year after their successful headline show at Brixton Academy, is no exception. The sunny weather and a friendly crowd seem to clash with the sonic impact we all are going to experience.
At 7pm the first band is on stage. They are CHILD’S POSE and their music is a mix of garage, pop, indie and punk that recall Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Juliette and The Licks. Their set is pretty short, only around 15 minutes, but the audience, after a tepid initial reaction, seems to appreciate the performance of this very elusive band that you canʼt find much info about online - probably a specific artistic choice in contrast with the predominance of social media nowadays.
After a long break, the second band on the bill is CHASTITY from Whitby, Canada. Their alternative indie sound with post hardcore and grunge elements captures everybodyʼs attention in a very short time. Initially the lead guitarist faces some technical issues, but this doesnʼt affect the rest of their performance.
CHASTITYʼs set list is made up of songs from their debut album, ‘Death Lust’.
The songs ‘Children’ and ‘Innocence’ seem to have the bigger impact on the listeners, but in general their sound gives a feeling of slow, painful, romantic decadence. The frontman Brandon Williams is often engaging directly with the crowd, probably looking for a strong reaction that sadly never comes. But at the end of their set it looks like the band gained some new fans!
ALEXISONFIRE donʼt make us wait for long and they start their set bang on at 9pm. The crowd is shuddering as the band gets on stage to the sound of Kill Bill’s ‘Ironside Siren’.
The set opener is ‘Accidents’, a gem from their second album ‘Watch Out!’, and George Petitt is already tearing his t-shirt apart, throwing it to a crowd that is eager to sing their heart out over every note. The pace of the gig is relentless as they fire all their best shots one after the other, giving the audience all time favourites like ‘Boiled Frogs’, ‘Rough Hands’, ‘We are the Sound’ and tracks from their first album such as ‘Pulmonary’ and ‘Waterwings’.
The energy, passion and love between the band and the fans is palpable throughout the night, and you can really tell everybody is having the time of their lives. The melodic voice of Dallas Green gives goosebumps and never disappoints, even when he lets the crowd sing for him.
London is the 1st gig of the 2019 tour for ALEXISONFIRE, and the bandʼs excitement for being on stage again is real. Almost at the end of the set George shares some personal thoughts with the audience, saying that just 4 days before the show, while working his day job, he was watching the news when Alexandra Palace was mentioned, and thinking about how surreal being on that same stage was. “Anything is possible, you can do whatever you want” he said, and after such a pumped up night like this you truly feel itʼs not a banal statement.
After the encore they play 3 more songs, ‘Little Girls’, ‘Young Cardinals’ and ‘Happiness’, ending a show that wonʼt be easily forgotten by their devoted fans.
George Pettit - Vocals
Dallas Green - Guitar / Vocals
Wade MacNeil - Guitar / Vocals
Chris Steele - Bass
Jordan Hastings - Drums
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