At The Drive In
O2 Academy Newcastle
10th March 2018
A triple headed beast with three of the finest bands around, there is no doubt that At The Drive In know how to put on awesome show!
Line ups like this are extremely rare, on paper it is set to be one of the best tours this year. Le Butcherettes do very little dispel such a feeling either with a truly astounding set, Teri Gender Bender bounding around the stage in rather ecstatic fashion is truly a sight to behold tonight as they kick the evening off in real style.
With the likes of Burn The Scab and Dress Off being particular highlights of their raucous set, they set the bar incredibly high. Their set is over in a flash and the stage is reset for Death From Above, who take to the stage in equally emphatic fashion. However, they do not seem to have the otherworldly power of Le Butcherettes on this occasion.
They have all of the energy but in some ways lack the ferocity and angst of Le Butcherettes, the passion just doesn’t come across in the same way. It’s an accomplished and upbeat set but fails to set pulses racing in the same way. As for At The Drive In it is instinctively evident from the off that this is going to be a set awash with nostalgia as they open with Arcarsenal instantly sparking a frenzied sing-along from this packed crowd.
It quickly becomes a tussle between the old and the new with songs from in•ter a•li•a failing to leave much of an impression, yet every song from Relationship Of Command was given a ferocious reception. The crowd were equally as deafening as the band throughout the early part of their set. There was one undoubted highlight in One Armed Scissor though as every member of the crowd yelled every single word back at the top of their voices.
All appeared to be going from strength to strength, but this early appearance of their mega hit seemed to dampen their set somewhat. A slew of new tracks follow and the audience interest began to waiver, which is a real shame as these new tracks still pack that same punch and enthusiasm. Despite the bands best efforts they struggle to lift the crowds spirits until the end of their set with Invalid Letter Dept. and Quarantined in quick succession.
All before a riotous encore of Pattern Against User, it rounds off a bumpy set that is packed full of highs and lows. It does show the longevity of Relationship Of Command as every word of every track is sung back to the band at an insane volume! In all though it is hard to fault At The Drive In as they gave the fans what they really wanted!