LIVE: Moose Blood @ Academy 2, Manchester (08/10/2016)

Date: October 8th 2016
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Support: Luca Brasi / Boston Manor / Turnover


It’s crazy when you sit and think about what the past few years have been like for Canterbury’s Moose Blood. Only two years into their career, the band managed to released their debut album ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’, and started to get heralded as the UK’s answer to the likes of Brand New and Taking Back Sunday. Now another record in and their biggest UK tour to date completely selling out, this is only the beginning.

Heading over from literally the other side of the world, Australians Luca Brasi [6] have a straight-forward punk rock approach towards things this evening, and this basic laid down tackle is just what’s needed to get things going. The room slowly fills out with the odd fan singing most of the words right back in the face of frontman Tyler Richardson, but keeping things straight and easy clearly works for them.

Blackpool’s own Boston Manor [7] seem to be following a similar route to tonight’s headliners themselves, having just two EPs under their belt until just over a week ago, yet managing to pile into the room more than their fair share of die-hard fans screaming. They kinda come across as a Moose Blood if they went a little more gritty and punk, and the likes of ‘Laika’ and ‘Trapped Nerve’ are already setting themselves up to be well-versed hits in the scene with their lyrics littered all over Tumblr.

Though Turnover [5] certainly appeal to the more melancholy and heart wrenching side that the evening’s headliners lean towards, the fact that their slower paced and less vibrant is placed following two upbeat and high energy support acts leaves the Virginia band as being somewhat of a vibe pothole. Sure, the likes of ‘Humblest Pleasures’ and ‘Dizzy On The Comedown’ are nothing short of depressing delights, but it all seems a little lacklustre.

Emo is a gang. Well, at least that’s what Moose Blood [9] have been claiming with their merch recently, and what a gang they’ve gone and recruited for themselves. Having soared their way to the number 10 spot on the UK album charts with sophomore effort ‘Blush’, Moose Blood seem to have everyone in the room singing along to new cuts like ‘Knuckles’ and ‘Sulk’, and ‘Glow’ manages to pull in one of the biggest sing-alongs the night has seen.

This all pales in comparison to when their older numbers make an appearance though. Emo delight is the easiest way to describe the huge outbursts that come to the forefront throughout ‘Bukowski’ and ‘I Hope You’re Miserable’, and at certain moments during ‘Gum’ and ‘Swim Down’, frontman Eddy Brewerton is easily overpowered by the magnitude of the crowd’s refrains right back at a band who are set to take the world by storm.

Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)