Live Review: Lostprophets with Pure Love at Lincoln Engine Shed – 13th November 2012

By on Tuesday, 4th December 2012 at 2:00 pm

Lostprophets returned to Lincoln as part of their Weapons Realoaded 2012 tour on the 13th November, so my first duty is to apologize for the lateness of this review. My calendar has been mad and well… inexcusable as it may be! Here’s the review only less than a month later. But here we are, casting my mind back to the gig in Lincoln’s vast Engine Shed…

Opening the show were Frank Carter and Jim Carroll’s new band, Pure Love, who are out touring before the release of their debut album. (Read my pre-gig interview with the band here.) Now, one thing you should always expect from a Frank Carter-fronted band is well, the unexpected if you get my drift. Carter as the bands focal point’s job is the causing of chaos. After two songs, the ginger haired ex-punk rocker leapt into the crowd to perform the rest of the bands livewire set amongst the crowd. Whether it was to get a photo with the mad lead singer or just get close to someone with a mic, everybody homed in on Agro-Frank, much to his amusement.

The intregration of Frank into the crowd had everybody; even the partisan fans, interested and as Carter unleashed the snail-pit, a rock move where instead of getting rowdy for a circle pit, where fans crawl around on their hands and knees in a circle around Frank. Mad but safe, effective and definitely a crowd-pleaser. I definitely got a cheap kick out of it, as obviously did Frank as he told off a girl, “did I tell you, that you could fucking stand up?” Grinning from ear to ear.

It was always going to be a difficult equation following up Pure Love’s almost primal show of force. However, We Are The Ocean’s maturing brand of radio-friendly, post-hardcore was always worth a shout. The band remind me of a younger and a lot more likeable version of Jimmy Eat World standing on that fine line between The All American Rejects’ levels of rubbishness and Jimmy’s brand of brilliance. Luckily, they come out on the good side with their catchy choruses and riffs winning the crowd easily before the main event.

Now, Lostprophets are a band that will always hold an extremely fond alcove in my heart. I listened to them when I got into rock music, along with My Chemical Romance. (Don’t judge me.) Now while albums like ‘Start Something’ and ‘Liberation Transmission were instant classics’ with some huge tunes on them, the last two efforts from the Welsh band, ‘The Betrayed’ and ‘Weapons’ have been anything but impressive: instantly forgettable and lacking any real substance. They haven’t really produced anything good since when I’d say Muse have produced good material but hey, that’s just me. Sure, ‘It’s Not the End of the World’ was a good track but bar that, I can barely name a song from their past two records.

It was to my delight then, that Lostprophets broke out a set dripping with their classic songs. ‘Rooftops’ was aired, and echoed by every member of the thousand-strong audience. The seething mass of pre-adolescents, who were barely even at secondary school when ‘Last Train Home’ was released, went ballistic at scales of almost One Direction levels as the opening chords were strummed.

But while the classics went down a storm, the new records outings were taken to with the kind warmth that Lostprophets fans can dish out. It was a gig for the fans. The vets. And I, for one, loved it. Although I will say that Lostprophets need to be careful booking a band like Pure Love to open as they almost stole the show… before it had even begun.

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