Home > News & Reviews > James

James - O2 Academy Brixton, London - November 21 2014 (Live Review)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 Written by Graeme Marsh

Manchester’s favourite septet, James, returned earlier this year with their 13th studio album, ‘La Petite Mort’, and, as the title suggests, it was a collection inspired by death following a couple of traumatic years for singer Tim Booth. But at the O2 Academy Brixton, for their second London show in a week, the band were undeniably vital and alive.

Following a brief set to remind everyone just how good they were, Starsailor made way for the magnificent seven as they launched unapologetically into the exhilarating Sound, with Andy Diagram’s trumpet popping up here, there and everywhere.

The new album was well represented. Walk Like You continued things in a similar fashion, sitting seamlessly among the classics with Saul Davies’ fiddle taking centre stage before Booth surfed the crowd for Just Like Fred Astaire.

Curse Curse, Moving On and Interrogation made stunning contributions while another recent effort – Gone Baby Gone – was given special treatment, with dancing dads and zealous youths joining the band on stage for a touch of mass euphoria.

An early setlist appearance for old favourite Laid lit the touchpaper again before the extreme past was revisited, with some of the band’s first recordings getting an airing. Jam J, Johnny Yen, What’s The World and Hymn From A Village were all given a dusting off after Booth asked the audience for total silence in order to play a particular song that could only be performed with such a backdrop. That song, however, will remain a mystery as, rather obviously, total silence in a room full of pissed revellers was not about to happen.

After the unexpected appearance of Vervaceous, from 1999’s ‘Millionaires’, an excellent rendition of Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) saw Booth being passed along the top of the crowd once again, before the familiar keyboard intro of Come Home, from ‘Gold Mother’, delighted the assembled throng.

An encore found Diagram spreading his brass notes far and wide over the classic Born Of Frustration, before a lengthy version of the thrilling Sometimes completed the set. ‘La Petite Mort’ may have suffered from a little over production but the same songs, coupled with cherry picked gems from a huge back catalogue, fared far better live, proving that James remain as vibrant and compelling as ever.





Let Us Know What You Think - Leave A Comment!




Related News

James Announce Spring Living In Extraordinary Times Tour
Tue 04 Dec 2018
James have announced plans to tour the UK next spring.
James - Living In Extraordinary Times (Album Review)
Wed 08 Aug 2018
Listening to 'Living In Extraordinary Times', the thought occurs that indie-pop stalwarts James aren’t dissimilar to a shark. Such is the Manchester octet’s devotion to exploring fresh textures, with an insatiable forward momentum, that if they stop moving it’s likely they’ll immediately shuffle off to the great gig in the sky. Fortunately, if the band’s most recent output - and especially this effort - is anything to by, they won’t be playing chess with the Grim Reaper any time soon.
James Share Video For New Track Coming Home (Pt.2)
Wed 27 Jun 2018
James have shared a new video, Coming Home (Pt.2).
The Coral Add Cardiff And Leamington Spa Dates To Spring Tour
Wed 19 Dec 2018
The Coral have added two dates to their spring tour.
Stereophonics Confirm Summer Date At Swansea's Singleton Park
Tue 11 Dec 2018
Photo: Andrew Whitton Stereophonics have announced a huge show in Swansea.
Beirut Unveil Video For New Single Landslide Starring Game Of Thrones Actor Ian Beattie
Fri 11 Jan 2019
Zach Condon’s Beirut have shared a humorous video for their new single, Landslide.
Suede Announce Second Manchester Show Due To Demand
Fri 14 Dec 2018
Suede have announced a second night in Manchester.
Snow Patrol Announce Summer Homecoming Show At Bangor Ward Park
Fri 07 Dec 2018
Snow Patrol have announced a homecoming show for next summer.
 
< Prev   Next >