A long line of fans brave the Manchester weather tonight, eagerly waiting for Mindless Self Indulgence to take to the stage in the UK for the first time in a couple of years. Luckily, I get to wait inside with a pint of cider in hand. Returning to the UK after the release of their re-mastered album ‘Tighter’, MSI are using this opportunity to reacquaint their mass of fans with their older material and remind us of the chaos they can create.
Opening tonight are The Dead Betas (***) and it immediately becomes apparent why they were chosen as a support act. Sounding not dissimilar to the headliners, they churn out their personal brand of electro infused punk rock. Highlight of the performance is ‘Bideford College’, where the band show their punk tendencies and blow the crowd away. Unfortunately, the rest of the performance see them plague their sound with electro quirks that don’t quite grab the crowd’s attention, leaving them wanting more of the punk they do so well.
Up next are pop-rockers Taking Hayley (****), who take to the stage amid an ear-splitting from the girls in the audience. Adapting their set to display their heaviest material, they keep the crowd involved and pull off a solid performance with an opening play of The Prodigy‘s ‘Invaders Must Die’ and tracks such as ‘Better Luck Next Time’ and ‘Circles’. It’s a cover of Labrinth track ‘Earthquake’, which really gets the crowd going and the band keep this momentum to the end of their set and no doubt win over a lot of new fans.
Headliners Mindless Self Indulgence (****) waste no time whipping the crowd into a frenzy with favourites such as ‘Shut Me Up’ and ‘Stupid MF’. Frontman Jimmy Urine quickly enforces his regular dynamic with the crowd with taunts commanding all the attention. This is never more apparent than he gets everyone to throw make-up on stage which he promptly wears, takes off his shirt to reveal a netted top and belts out a flawless rendition of ‘Faggot’.
Endless chants of “we want more” greet the encore of ‘Straight To Video’ and a shortened cover of Metallica‘s ‘Master Of Puppets’ before guitarist Steve Righ? closes the set with a rambling Oasis cover, while the crowd hope the rest of the band would return for another song. An odd end to the show I’ll admit, but they put on a great enough performance that nobody minds. Despite having a couple of years off touring, there’s no doubt that Mindless Self Indulgence have still got it and can still pull off a top live performance.
Written by Jonathon Barlow
Founder & Editor for DEAD PRESS!