Flyleaf + The Crave @ Birmingham Academy 2, UK – 31st March 2010

Posted by Bianca on Wednesday Mar 31, 2010 Under Alternative, Rock

The Crave opened tonight’s packed out show at the Birmingham Academy 2. Hailing from Brighton, they have quite an impressive tour pedigree; sharing the stage with the likes of Shinedown, Buckcherry, Theory of a Deadman and Deep Purple in the past year alone, as well as playing Download and Sonisphere too.

The best way to describe them is a younger version of Creed (remember them?) but singer Ryan Burnett has a less distinctive voice. They weren’t bad at all though, with an older style American-ish sounding rock and roll, the impatient crowd below seemed to enjoy them, as they took to the stage after 8pm. I don’t know any of their songs so I can’t list what they played but fans of Creed or the type of rock they have in the background of Dawson’s Creek (and not in a bad way) or similar American dramas will love them.
I’m not sure if they are distinct or current enough to stand out from the crowd and get some mainstream recognition, but then again not everyone wants that anyway! They were one of those bands where you weren’t sure if you liked them the first time you heard them but I’m sure after a few listens you wouldn’t be able to get them out of your head. By the end of their set I’d decided I’d quite enjoyed it, and it will be interesting to see how they get on this year.

Next and finally were headliners Flyleaf. To be honest I was really shocked when I found out Flyleaf were only playing the Academy 2 and not the main room, as I really thought Lacey and co. deserved the splendour of the main stage, but at the same time I was very excited to see them in such a small venue so I definitely wasn’t complaining!
With the music they play connecting with people across so many genres, its’ easy to forget that they are classed as a ‘Christian’ band, although I read that they don’t like being referred to as just one genre which I personally like as I really think religion and music should always remain separate. Just as the waiting crowd was starting to get a little restless, the lights went up, and beautiful front lady Lacey Mosley walked onto the stage in a stunning red floor length dress and black DMs. Opening with ‘Fully Alive’ from their self titled debut album, everyone seemed to take a step backwards in awe at the power of the voice coming out of such a petite person.

Going straight into the next song ‘Bride’, and then ‘Again’, which are the 2nd and 1st singles released off of their new album ‘Memento Mori’, part of me hoped they wouldn’t just play the latest album. I should have had more faith as the next song in the set was the spine tingling ‘Cassie’ from their 1st album, and by this point the audience had gone wild. Cassie was followed by my personal highlight and their highest charting single from the 1st album ‘All Around Me’, which seemed to stop everyone in their tracks. Lacey has a fabulous stage presence and I found it amazing how powerful her voice was live.
Guitarist Jared Hartman was also marvellous to watch, leaping off everything he could and spring boarding into the air, he and Lacey totally owned the stage between them. They continued the set with a brilliant mix of the old and the new album, it’s weird to think Flyleaf have only had 2 albums, the 1st one having been re-released again in 2007after its 2005 debut, and their latest offering in November last year. They ended the set with ‘So sick’, ‘Arise’ and ‘He Loves Us’, rounding off a perfect evening.

I’m not sure why they waited such a long time between albums but I really hope this tour is the beginning of the return of Flyleaf and they don’t leave it so long between the next album.

Set List
Fully Alive
All Around Me
In the Dark
So I thought
The Kind
Swept Away
I’m So Sick
He Loves Us

Words and Photography by Lucy Pryor

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