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Islington Academy, Sat 29 April 2006
Early start and finish tonight (10pm curfew at this venue) menat
the support band Sweet City Fire were well into their set by the
time I arrived. They certinly seemed to be going down well with the
crowd with their brand of indie based guitar rock. Not too bad at
all and they knowheir marketing as they plugged their My Space site
and had some of their fans handing out free 5 track CD's to the
crowd (will play mine & give it a review later on).
After seeing the Alarm just over two years ago (after a mere gap
of 18 years!) I was looking forward to seeing them again especially
after the superb new album, 'Under Attack'. From the off the band
played like men possessed with a real drive and energy.
'Superchannel' of the new album got the night underway and then
the set was littered with Alarm anthems like 'Absolute
Reality', 'Rain In The Summertime' and a rip roaring '68 Guns' - the
damn roof nearly blew off on this one! A short acoustic set by Mike
Peters whilst the audience and the band drew breath before more
anthemic rock 'n' roll. Great to see Mike Peters playing and singing
at the top of his ability and let's hope the music can help someway
in his fight against cancer.
Encore time saw '45 RPM' - the hit single the Alarm had back in
2004 under another name and one that fooled the radio stations into
thinkling it was some new teenage band! Closing on 'Spirit of '76'
due to time constraints although the crowd and Mike Peters breiefly,
started of into 'Blaze of Glory'.
In a word - stunning. Great tunes and atmosphere played by a very
passionate band. Highly recommended to see live!
Set list: Superchannel - Absolute Reality - Cease and Desist - Where were you hiding...? -
Raindown - Right Back where I started From - It's alright it's OK - Rain in the Summertime -
Be Still - Sold me down the River - Drunk and Disorderly - Unsafe Building - Coming Home -
reason 41(acoustic) - unbreak the promise(acoustic) - walk forver by my side (solo)- this is the way we are
Rescue Me - I Never Left I Only Went Away - Marching On - My Town - 68 Guns
Encores : Without a Fight - 45 RPM - Spirit of 76 - ...and sung by the crowd...Blaze of Glory
Review by Jason Ritchie