LIVE: Anberlin @ Academy 3, Manchester (02/02/2013)

Date: February 2nd, 2013
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: The Getaway Plan / The Xcerts


Now that it’s February, I think people are starting to have a more positive perspective on things. For starters, the weather is clearing up a little bit, the days are getting warmer and the nights are getting shorter, most of us have just undergone an exhausting battle with exams and are beginning a new term so the work load is relatively low right now. So, what better way to celebrate this new found freedom than with a bloody good gig in a small, intimate venue with some great bands from all corners of the world.

First up, travelling all the way from Melbourne, Australia is The Getaway Plan (****). These guys deliver an excellent performance, and though the crowd aren’t moving around all that much, they still nod along to the likes of ‘The Reckoning’. Lead singer Matthew Wright‘s vocals are simply outstanding and sound so good that it’s as if they are fresh off their records and, considering he sings a lot of falsetto, this is mighty impressive. By far some of the best live vocals I have ever seen.

Representing the UK are the brilliant The Xcerts (****), who put on a superb show. Though admittedly not as clean cut as The Getaway Plan, the crowd gets a bit more involved with these guys by bouncing and singing along to their brand of “distorted pop”. They do have this infectious unique sound that makes them different, yet accessible. All in all, the band pull off a great set and act as the perfect warm-up act for tonight’s headliners.

Now, the last time I saw Anberlin (*****) was about a year or so ago. I thought it was a good gig and all, but it didn’t really stand out as a memorable night. It was a mellow subdued affair with a few lively songs, but no real movement from the crowd. Tonight, well, tonight was something extraordinary. Their latest album, ‘Vital’, has a much more energetic feel to it and it’s one that translates so very well into a live environment.

Anberlin perfectly capture that energy and passion that was present on ‘Vital’ and put on the best show that I have ever seen them do. From the second that they walked on stage, there wasn’t a dull or mellow moment throughout set. Don’t get me wrong, I love their softer stuff and I think when they perform it live it sounds great, but tonight’s show was just sublime. I always knew that Anberlin had the potential to put on a flawless show, and tonight they did just that.

Written by Andy Roberts

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