When Amplifer announced their two UK tourdates back in February, the London show went straight into the diary. The Manchester space-rockers returned to the fold earlier this year with an ambitious double album and this was their first chance to show their fans how The Octopus sounded live. Obviously we weren’t going to miss it!
Six things we learned when we saw Amplifier in Shoreditch
1) Amplifier sound absolutely phenomenal tonight. Whatever their secret is, Sel Balamir et al need to share it, because the sound tonight is crystal; perfect even through the harmonic crescendos of ‘Interstellar’.
2) There are a whole bunch of The Pineapple Thief fans here tonight, judging by the number of TPT tshirts knocking around but it totally fits. Amplifier fans still fully appreciate their slightly lighter prog stylings and rightly so.
3) With 500 fans in the house – ranging from young men to old men and a few with their girlfriends in tow (ladies at a prog gig!) – the band looks genuinely stoked to perform tonight, expressing their gratitude to all in attendance. After self-releasing The Octopus and still enjoying their highest profile shows ever, it’s no wonder they’re enjoying the increased attention. They deserve every bit.
4) XOYO has plenty of mini bars, which means record-breaking fridge-to-hand times for beers. Coupled with the excellent sound, this provides the basis for a great night.
5) Getting former Oceansize guitarist, Steve Durose in has made Amplifier an eight-legged beast. He beefs up the sound slightly while fitting in with a band that he’s played with and known for well over a decade. It’s a perfect match and he more than likely brought a few Oceansize fans with him. They need a new band to love and in Oceansize’s absence, Amplifier most certainly fit the bill.
6) It’s a great setlist tonight. Amp have chosen the right eight songs from The Octopus and the encore is a magnificent selection of their finest, most rocking works. ‘Motorhead’ is still a heavy space-rocking masterpiece and after ten years it can be labelled a Classic Song with absolutely no hesitation. Take note.
Amplifier @ London XOYO – 15 June 2011 setlist
Planet Of Insects
Fall Of The Empire
Trading Dark Matter On The Stock Exchange