After the lights dimmed, an array of politically charged speech snippets intermingled with Gene Wilders “Pure Imagination” speech from Willy Wonka, boomed through the speakers. The three then took to the stage, with lead singer Tom Haywood sporting his signature black face-paint, kicking things off right away fan favourites “Gotta Get Through” and “Brave New World” as well as one of their older songs “Ramona Flowers” all of which set the mood of the gig straight away - controlled chaos.
After, they transitioned into a new track “Wither”, which went down in a similar fashion. This along with the other new tracks the lads played “Forty days & Forty Nights” (My personal favourite of the three) and “Lunatic with a Loaded Gun” present a changing sound from “Colombia”, though it does still maintain what the fans love about them. If these songs are any indicator of the sound of the next album, I can’t wait for its release.
Other standouts amongst the set were the “L’Etat C’est Moi,” “Brutus” and the last track “Swine” all of which turned the Ritz into battleground, no mans land opening left and right with soldiers ready to run in at the sound of the guitar. It was the best kind of mayhem and showcased the love the fans have for this band.
This will be one that will stay with the band for the rest of their lives, as its one that shows that they are more than ready and capable to take the next step in their musical careers. I can’t say a bad word about it and I will be making sure I see them again at every given opportunity.