Live Review: Morning Parade at London Scala – 26th September 2011

By on Tuesday, 4th October 2011 at 2:00 pm

It’s Monday evening at Scala, where Morning Parade are playing their biggest headlining show to date. Having toured with the likes of the Wombats and Kooks in the past, today’s the day they step out of the shadows and mark themselves out as a serious band. With the venue sold out just a few days prior to the gig and residents of Essex out in force to support their local lads, the band really need to impress with their new tracks.

Fortunately, they’ve got a fantastic warm up act in the form of VETO from Denmark. Their set brings a pace and atmosphere that keeps going for the whole time as their live setup is even more impressive than how they sound on record. As they finish, the band are given an applause that’s slightly more polite than the usual warm-up act would expect and the waiting begins for tonight’s headliners.

Coming on stage to a rapturous applause from a dedicated fanbase, the band leave everyone waiting for the tracks they know playing instead from recently streamed tracks in a setlist that sounds rehearsed to perfection. Gorgeous singalongs come in the form of ‘Monday Morning’and ‘A&E’. ‘Close to Your Heart’ sounds big, like, really big and you start to wonder if Morning Parade could be a real deal. They’ve certainly done their time at the bottom of the bill, and tonight is their coming of age. You can see how much this band mean to the people in attendance as a group of guys who are, for all intensive purposes, normal, show they have the potential to be a little bit exceptional.

Closing with ‘Under the Stars’ (video below), the band seem a little overwhelmed in parts, but they’ve risen to the occasion, even if Scala isn’t exactly Wembley Arena.


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