Review and Photography by Jason Broadhurst

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The lights dim and the sound of the Van Halen song Jump blasts through the Academy’s speakers before a load roar from the crowd greet the band. Proceeding to launch into The Spirit Of Jazz, The Gaslight Anthem are incredibly tight and they are on top form. Brian Fallon and the guys seem to be throughly enjoying themselves tonight throwing in light hearted jokes and humble talk in-between songs.

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Oozing confidence Brian even takes 5 minutes to talk to the crowd about a CD that was tossed on the stage. There is a nice mix of songs ranging through their entire back catalogue being played tonight meaning there is something for everyone. As they burst into a bunch of songs from the latest album Handwritten, the first single 45 sends the crowd wild causing the biggest sing a long of the night.

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As has been the tradition on this tour the band play a cover within the encore, deciding this time to go with the more strange option of ‘Interstate Love Song’ by The Stone Temple Pilots. If there is one with thing you can always count on from the setlist is the trusted set closer ‘The Backseat’ which brings tonights proceedings to a magnificent close. This may be my sixth time seeing them but they never disappoint and get better every time. They may have a growing reputation but to many they are still living in Bruce Springsteen’s shadow but it can’t be much longer until they make the step out into the spotlight.

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The support tonight and for the rest of the tour is from Japandroids, a simple two piece band from Vancouver. They get an unprecedented 40 minutes which is unusual for an opening support band. Their set is fast paced and entertaining but it’s still a tad too long. They have plenty of promise but unfortunately their music doesn’t seem to be quite suited to audience and the venue.

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Setlist: The Spirit of Jazz / Orphans / American Slang / Old Haunts / Even Cowgirls Get the Blues / The ’59 Sound / Old White Lincoln / The Patient Ferris Wheel / The Navesink Banks / I’da Called You Woody, Joe / Red in the Morning / Boomboxes and Dictionaries / Mae / 45 / Here Comes My Man / Too Much Blood / Great Expectations / Keepsake Encore: Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts / Mulholland Drive / Howl / Desire / Here’s Looking at You, Kid / Interstate Love Song (Stone Temple Pilots cover) / The Backseat

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2 Responses to “The Gaslight Anthem + Japandroids at the Academy, Manchester, UK – 28th March 2013”

  1. Darren Taylor Says:

    Great Review, Great Pictures, Great Website, Great Show! Just about covers it :)

  2. The Gaslight Anthem – Manchester Academy ‹ seeyouatthefront.com Says:

    […] The gig was shot for Gig Junkies and you can see the photos accompanying a review over at their website. […]

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