Brand New, Glassjaw & Thrice – Live @ Wembley

When alternative rockers Brand New announced last year that they would headline a show at London’s Wembley Arena (23/01/10), Rivmixx was sceptical. Sceptical, firstly, of whether they’d be able to fill it, and secondly, of whether they would be able to convey their emo-tinged art-rock across a venue of such size. After witnessing the gig on Saturday, Rivmixx will never doubt Brand New again.

It remains, however, pretty astonishing that a band who have had such little interaction with the press and their fans, and who’s music is rarely chart friendly (their latest release ‘Daisy‘ only reached number 47 in the UK album chart) could headline such a large, prestigious arena. It certainly must’ve helped bringing along the likes of Glassjaw and Thrice, two bands who have been away from these shores for quite some time. Opening the evening with a criminally short set of seven songs was Thrice. Playing their first London show in support of last year’s career highlight ‘Beggars.’ Despite lead guitarist Teppei being noticeably absent, their sound was practically faultless, which is no mean feat for an opening band. Next up were Brand New‘s childhood buddies Glassjaw, a band who paved the way for the post-hardcore/ screamo movement over a decade again. Sadly, poor sound meant that frontman Daryl Palumbo’s fantastic voice was lost amongst the distorted guitars.

Most people were there for one band and one band only. Brand New entered the stage to 12,000 odd screaming fanatics, and launchd into the instrumental ‘Welcome To Bangkok‘ with nothing but an enormous white screen serving as their backdrop. For a band known for their self-indulgent set-lists, it came as a welcome surprise that they showcased a ‘best of’ collection of tracks from all four of their albums. After delivering the two beloved, pop-punk singles from ‘Deja Entendu‘ (‘Sic Transit Gloria…’ and ‘The Quiet Things…’) to their fans’ delight, the band perform a run of their heavier, more chaotic material. At which point the white backdrop was filled with a succession of unnerving black and white videos (including such disturbing images of dog fighting and creepy owls). Crowd sing-a-long participation was consistently passionate throughout the gig, and when frontman Jesse Lacey ended the evening performing a solo version of ‘Play Crack The Sky‘ he got a vociferous response from the audience.

Headlining Wembley Arena was an ambitious move by Brand New, and a move that saw them execute what is sure to be their best and biggest show to date. With perfect sound and a perfect set-list, it is the most impressive concert Rivmixx has witnessed in quite some time.


Welcome To Bangkok
You Won’t Know
Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t
Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades
The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
Limousine (MS Rebridge)
Sowing Season
You Stole
The Archers Bows Have Broken
Jesus Christ
Jude Law And A Semester Abroad
Seventy Times 7
At The Bottom
Play Crack The Sky

Picture attributed to jennifer petty

Originally published by Rivmixx here


~ by cliveparisrozario on January 25, 2010.

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