Pure Love: The Haunt, Brighton – live review

Pure LoveThe Vestals, Turbogeist & Pure Love
The Haunt, Brighton
18 February 2013

Another good crowd and high expectations for Frank Carter’s new outfit Pure Love. The new album “Anthems” is a killer. Turner’s move to Brooklyn seems to of paid off in style.

First up, The Vestals, from Minneapolis, are touring on the back of new single, “Perfect Pain” / “Seventeen” and on this showing could have a good future in front of them. They get the crowd in the mood for the main act in style.

Second act, Turbogeist, hail from London and remind me of the Heartbreakers circa LAMF. New single “Mermaids Revenge” is a highlight of the set as is previous single “Alien Girl”. Lead singer, Andy, (I think) has his arm in a sling and a temporary guitarist does a great job at short notice. Injured or not, Andy still finds time to hit the mosh pit and the band play a great set

Frank Carter proves to be the showman supreme in a blinding set from Pure Love. Teaming up with guitarist Jim Carroll, it would seem that Carter has chosen a more melodic route than he did with Gallows, but that takes nothing away from the new tunes. “Anthems” is a great album and, not surprisingly, most of the set is drawn from it.

For the brilliant new single “Beach Of Diamonds”, Carter is in the crowd, singing from the bar, thanking Lucy for a drink politely (obviously) and crowd surfing his way back to the stage. The pit goes mad for the whole gig, including Neil, celebrating his 47th birthday, by stage diving. A large guy, Carter asks him not to do it again in case he hurts someone else.

A rip roaring cover of The Undertones “Teenage Kicks” is also included, followed by the band moving into the mosh pit for the rest of the gig. Drums reassembled in the pit, the band blast through the rest of the set, the crowd going mad and even being encouraged to sit on each other’s shoulders. Turner is the great showman throughout and demonstrates a great sense of humour missing from a lot of bands these days. But “My Sharona”? Please!

This was a brilliant gig and a lot of other bands could learn from the Frank Carter way of doing things. Injecting a bit of humour into things and encouraging the crowd to go mad is a plus with me.

Set List:

“She (Makes The Devil Run Through Me)”
“The Hits”
“Beach Of Diamonds”
“March Of The Pilgrims”
“Bury My Bones”
“Teenage Kicks”
“Burning Love”
“Handsome Devil’s Club”
“Scared To Death”
“Riot Song”

This is The Vestals website. They are also on Facebook & are on Twitter as @TheVestals. This is Turbogeist’s website. They are also on Facebook & are on Twitter as @Turbogeist. This is Pure Love’s website. They are also on Facebook & are on Twitter as @therealpurelove.

Words by Simon Kvalheim. Find more writing by Simon on Louder Than War.

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