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So, last night (Saturday 28th November 2015) I got the opportunity to see Zebrahead perform at Brooklyn Bowl in London (at the O2). The band were supported by Man With A Mission and Patent Pending.
Man With A Mission
This bunch of dudes are a Japanese band with elements of hard rock and dance-pop (brought by their enthusiastic DJ) fused together to create some sort of dance-rock blend! It’s not just that which makes them unique…it’s their friggin’ wolf heads! Their set was good and they definitely got the crowd going.
Highlight: The eyes on their wolf-heads lit up!
These guys are a New York-based pop-punk band and my God did they make an entrance! They are possibly one of the most insanely great set of performers I’ve ever seen! The singer, Joe Ragosta, is hilarious and has a really unique personality and he explained how he has ADHD – but man, this guy uses it to its strengths, in the best possible way! Their music was good too!
Highlight: When the singer and guitarist entered the crowd and had a “crowd swimming” competition! Legends!
Then there was Zebrahead; within seconds of taking to the stage, everyone was skanking-out like pros to the Californian rockers!
The band’s entrance was amazing – Gangnam Style blaring out of the speakers, with a flashing, dancing Psy toy on top of one of the amps – which then rolled straight into the punchy, ‘Rescue Me’.
What never ceases to amaze me with these guys, is how when they perform live, their songs are so much faster than on the albums, yet Ali Tabatabaee‘s rapping skills are impeccably timed, at such high speeds!
Working a crowd is not a problem for this group of lads as they each take turns to speak to their audience and there’s even some stage diving going on!
What I think these guys have down to an art, is not playing all their new stuff with just one or two older tracks; they introduce it amongst a string of fan-favourites, but in turn manage to make their new music instant crowd-pleasers with their high levels of energy, crowd interaction and pure damn-awesomeness!
‘Save Your Breath’, ‘Call Your Friends’, ‘Worse Than This’ and ‘Hello Tomorrow’ were my favourite performances of the night – they really got the crowd going and there were circle-pits galore!
I implore everyone to see this band at least once in their life, because only then will you truly know the meaning of fun!
- The band’s Gangnam Style entrance with a flashing, dancing Psy toy!
- Ali Tabatabaee standing on some of the crowd’s shoulders to perform!
- Matty Lewis holding a note for an insane amount of time, whilst checking his watch!
- Ben Osmundson‘s crowd-rousing speech about his song dedication to London!
- Dan Palmer‘s moustache! Oh…and his sick guitar skills!
- Ed Udhus looking so relaxed while beating the hell out of the drums
- Rescue Me
- Save Your Breath
- Call Your Friends
- Worse Than This
- Drink Drink – a fun sea-shanty type song where a couple of their pirate friends come on and chug some beer/vodka!
- Hello Tomorrow
- Hell Yeah!
- Devil On My Shoulder (with guest vocals from Man With A Mission)
- Mental Health
- I’m Just Here For The Free Beer
- Mike Dexter Is A God, Mike Dexter Is A Role Model, Mike Dexter Is An A**Hole
- Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right, But Three Rights Make A Left
- Who Brings A Knife To A Gunfight?
- Falling Apart
- Can Can
Lastly, I want to say a massive thanks to the band for putting me on the guest-list, so I could come and do this review!
Matt – Muzik Speaks