LIVE REVIEWTHE EIGHTIES MATCHBOX B-LINE DISASTERHEAVEN UNDER THE ARCHESSunday 31st October*****
Tonight’s show has been advertised as a ‘special Halloween ball’ realistically it could be any other show on the bands current ‘Savage Boohoo Tour’ (with exception to tonight’s special guests – Robots in Disguise and The James Cleaver Quartet). Maybe we expected too much in the way of a Halloween theme; bats/spiders hanging from the ceiling, staff in costume etc but sadly there was no extra decoration of the venue, a hand full of punters wandered round in face paint but that was it in terms of spooky atmosphere.
Even the band themselves didn’t really join in with the spirit of the night when they appeared, two of the five of them choosing to don some scary make up but nothing in the way of costumes. As Soon as the first chord was struck however this proved irrelevant as the band burst into a glittering set of hits new and old alike. The crowd went mental as the usual scrum occurred in front of the stage, plastic cups and bodies being tossed above the adorning fan base, the highlight of which saw a random man in a tiger costume perform a running bomb from the stage into the crowd!
With the recent release of the bands third studio album ‘Blood and Fire’ the set list included a lot of new songs but these seemed to fit in perfectly with their back catalogue, which tonight included old favourites such as ‘Chicken’, ‘Celebrate Your Mother’, ‘Psychosis Safari’ and ‘Rise Of The Eagles’ alongside new singles ‘So Long, Goodnight’ and ‘Love Turns To Hate’.
The band were in truly destructive form, tearing through tracks at blistering pace in a set which accumulated in them tossing there instruments across the stage creating a wall of feedback noise. Having been fortunate enough to see this band many times before LondonOnTheInside was pleased to see that they are a band who has still got it eleven years into their career, this turning out to be one of the best shows of theirs we’ve ever seen.
If you’re looking for a scare-tastic fright of a band to see next Halloween then go and watch The Eights Matchbox (They will undoubtedly be playing somewhere) if in the meantime you simply want to go and watch an awesome band go and watch The Eighties Matchbox, spooky gimmicks aside you will not be disappointed.