Gig Review by Luke Corcoran with Photography by Jason Broadhusrt

Fightstar

It was a sad day for Fightstar fans back in 2010 when announcing their hiatus however after four years absent, they ended their hiatus and announced a small run of UK shows for early 2015 which we were lucky enough to attend. Fightstar’s main support for these handful of shows were the young and fresh Moose Blood who released their debut album late 2014, who look to have a very bright future. So with four years absence from live shows do Fightstar still have what it takes to put on a tremendous show? Or will the stage rust take longer than anticipated to shake off?

Moose Blood

Moose Blood

So first up were Moose Blood. With a recently released album in their locker, they had to show they could play these songs live. The five piece outfit from Canterbury already have a renowned reputation for strong live performances through hard work which was displayed in front of the Manchester crowd. They played top tracks such as ‘Bukowski’ and ‘I hope you’re missing me’ but it was the final track of their set that really stood out as they finished on ‘Boston’ which is arguably their best song. Bass, drums, guitars and vocals all each individually stood out and I think it’s safe to say that Moose Blood added more fans to their collection once they finished pouring their hearts out to the Manchester crowd and setting the stage for a more than anticipated Fightstar.

Fightstar

Fightstar

Here we are then, in a scenario which Manchester academy walls never thought it would see again as Fightstar are welcomed out on stage by a very vocal crowd before breaking into ‘Paint Your Target’. What a song to start on as this displays in each instrumental department just how good the band are. There was no ignoring how strong Charlie Simpson’s vocals are and how Alex Westaway’s vocals perfectly balance one another out. It was only about two minutes into the bands first song before letting the crowd take lead of the show by singing the songs chorus at deafening levels. Fightstar didn’t disappoint with their set list choice either, playing continuous classics such as ‘We apologise for nothing’, ‘Grand unification Part 1’ and ‘War Machine’. ‘War Machine’ was superb live and the crowd were bouncing for it going absolutely barbaric before the song enters the harmonic element with the backing vocals singing the chorus giving a lot of fans the chills and also a blast from the past.

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So mid way through the set Charlie Simpson puts his guitar to one side and automatically there was a vibe and gut feeling that they were about to go old school and make people lose their heads to such a recognizable and heavy track. Charlie then confirms it. Yes it was time for ‘Deathcar’ and who else to join them on stage and help them out? Charlie’s brother Will. The band kept their heavy theme and fast tempo going as they proceeded on with their set and perform ‘Tannhauser Gate’ making all four walls of the academy shake. So as Will leaves the stage the band begin to just notch it down a level and bring somewhat of a more peaceful environment. Fightstar also announce that they are working on new material which got a massive reaction. The band perform their final song of the set ‘Palahniuk’s Laughter’ before leaving the stage.

Fightstar

There was no ignoring the thunderous chants from this Manchester crowd and Fightstar acknowledged them as they came out to perform a very pleasing 4 song encore including a very unique cover of ‘Amethyst’ as only charlie and Alex came out to serenade the crowd. Dan and Omar then came out to join the other half of the band to play ‘Speak up’ and ‘Hazy eyes’ but all the fans were on the edge of their seats eagerly anticipating ‘Mono’. Once Fightstar announced ‘Mono’ will be the final song of the night there was nothing but joyful uproar as you heard nothing but the audience singing, screaming and shouting every single lyric to this song before the set sadly came to a close. The lads in Fightstar should be nothing but proud of their triumphant return to music as they dominated the stage in Manchester and had a wonderful crowd behind them supporting them through every second of the overall perfect performance.

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