The Offspring
Californian punk rockers, The Offspring, stormed the O2 Brixton Academy on Tuesday for the UK leg of the ‘Shit is Fucked Up’ tour. Having already blasted their way through North America and most of Europe, the British fans had braced themselves for a killer show. It’s safe to say they weren’t disappointed.
The Offspring
As a massive fan myself, I jumped at the chance of covering the gig, and photographing my all-time favourite band. The Offspring’s music has been a bit of a soundtrack to my life and I’m sure the thriving mass of fans in the Academy that night would agree. Kicking off the show with the song that inspired the tour “Stuff is Messed Up”, Dexter and the guys were in superb form as they whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
The Offspring
The fans screamed, writhed and moshed as The Offspring tore through some old classics and mixed it up with a few of their brand new tracks. While the new album hasn’t had much of an outing in the UK charts, it’s been a smash hit in the US. “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace”, the 8th Studio album from The Offspring, was released last year and although it’s received mixed reviews the bands collaboration with producer Bob Rock has brought out a new side to their music. It serves as a reminder of just how phenomenal they really are. With Dexter Holland’s already iconic vocals being pulled in different directions as they produce some of their first ballads in many years, “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace” brings yet another level of depth to their music.
The Offspring
This new depth became startlingly obvious when, for the very first time, Dexter sat down at a piano to perform a stunningly beautiful acoustic version of ‘Gone Away’. I’d seen The Offspring perform many times before, and this was a first. Shocking the audience into still silence, the song seemed to hypnotise the crowd. Another acoustic track, ‘Kristy, Are You Doing Ok?’ followed ‘Gone Away’ before they went straight back to the rock!
The Offspring
They played with energy, precision and an addictive enthusiasm that’s hard to ignore. The crowd were with them every step of the way from their opening number to their final encore (Their first ever hit, ‘Self Esteem’). I was especially happy to see that both front men, Dexter and Noodles had taken some good fashion advice since their last outing to the UK. Dexter had gone back to his trademark blonde spikes instead of the slightly tragic ‘Steve Irwin’ look and Noodles had cut off the long ‘mid-life crisis’ hair in favour of his shorter, grey & black locks. The entire band looked and sounded superb, giving the UK audience a real treat and one that I hope will be repeated a little more often!
The Offspring
Photography and Words by Kat Page.

One Response to “The Offspring @ O2 Brixton Academy, London UK – 25 August 2009”

  1. Stouffer Says:

    Freakin Awesome! Kat is amazing!

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