At occasions, the band seemed to be sound-tracking a misplaced sci-fi horror movie directed by Stanley Kubrick and narrated by Vincent Value
That sixth album, from which a couple of quarter of the night’s songs had been plucked, is a stylistic shift for the band, however judging by the preponderance of 20-something (and youthful) followers within the viewers it has performed nothing to dent their following. Its unusual and sometimes languid sci-fi stylings translated effectively reside and infused the present as a complete; at occasions, the band seemed to be sound-tracking a misplaced sci-fi horror movie directed by Stanley Kubrick and narrated by Vincent Value.
That stated, it was their earlier materials that received the largest responses: Brianstorm (from 2007’s Favorite Worst Nightmare) had the moshpit bouncing, and Helders’ prolonged drum solo drew whoops of pleasure – even when it appeared to have drifted in from a planet far faraway from the tune’s post-punk origins. From the identical album, 505 had everybody singing alongside. Do not Sit Down ‘Trigger I’ve Moved Your Chair, Arabella and Do I Wanna Know? had been highlights too.
The set-up was easy: a thick curtain behind and a hexagonal lighting rig above, which dropped for the newer songs, heightening the sense that we had been in a lunar lounge bar.
By and huge, the Monkeys usually are not a band given to on-stage theatrics – although in Turner they haven’t solely a terrific lyricist and singer however a frontman succesful each of snarling punk and a suave crooning model that may have given Bryan Ferry (enjoying on the identical time just some hundred metres away at Margaret Court docket Enviornment) a run for his cash.
There was no Why’d You Solely Name Me When You are Excessive?, however the set completed with a blistering rendition of breakthrough single I Wager You Look Good on the Dancefloor.
A brief encore kind of summed up a night that supplied a guided tour of what has change into a critically spectacular songbook: Star Therapy from the most recent album – throughout which a sq. mirror ball (a mirror dice, I assume) descended from the rafters – was adopted by singalong hit No. 1 Get together Anthem earlier than R U Mine? wound issues up.
No theatrics to talk of. Simply terrific rock’n’roll performed by a band on the top of its powers.