TAKING BACK SUNDAY
SUPPORT: GEOFFREY RICKLEY, THE FRIGHTS

VENUE: THE TROXY, LONDON

DATE: 18th JUNE 2019
WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON
PHOTOS: MATT GABELL

WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON
PHOTOS: MATT GABELL
Adam Lazarra was in fine form as TAKING BACK SUNDAY hit the stage at the Troxy in Limehouse, London to celebrate twenty years of the seminal band last night. There was the real sense that this was a genuine celebration, with the charismatic frontman fostering a party atmosphere on stage between the band and the crowd.
After a warm up solo set by Thursday’s GEOFFREY RICKLEY (7) and another from California surf punks THE FRIGHTS (8), delivering a lively and uptempo set to get the crowd warmed up, TAKING BACK SUNDAY (9) strolled casually onto the stage at 9:15pm to rapturous cheers and near feverish excitement as a small circle pit opened up for the very first song (‘You Know How I Do’) – much to Adam’s delight.

To a dramatic backdrop of the roaring lion logo from the recent greatest hits album ‘Twenty’, TBS played their first three songs before Adam stopped to chat to the crowd. Explaining they were celebrating twenty years of the band and would be playing their debut album ‘Tell All Your Friends’ in full, there were responsive shouts of “we know!” This was an audience of diehard, dedicated TBS fans who seemed to know every word, even to the lesser played album tracks.

As the party continued, Adam frequently stopped between songs to tell long winded, occasionally rambling but ultimately very funny stories explaining the history and backstory behind some of the songs, such as ‘Timberwolves Of New Jersey’. The song title was picked randomly when he and guitarist John Nolan were sharing a hotel room and unable to move the TV off the preview channel where it listed everything that was on. “I thought there were actual wolves terrorizing the people of New Jersey,” he told us, before going on to explain he later learned it was a football team.

It seemed like the band were having a hell of a lot of fun up there on that stage, which is certainly heartening to see after a twenty year long career which shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. With Adam still bouncing all over the stage, swinging the mic around his neck and out to the crowd, cracking a joke about how he could knock someone out with it if they were giving him shit, energy levels were high and the band played consistently tight throughout.
After running through the album, they launched into a set of their classics, including the more recent number ‘Tidal Wave’, as well as old favourites ‘What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost’, ‘Liar (It Takes One To Know One)’ and ‘Error: Operator’. Ending, of course, on the legendary ‘MakeDamnSure’, the crowd had a final blowout with the front half of the venue erupting into a frenzied flurry of arms, legs and crowdsurfers as the pit went crazy. Everyone went home sweaty and smiling.
“It was over too soon,” someone remarked on the way out. Despite the band playing for a full hour and a half, many were eager for more. Here’s to another twenty years then.

 

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here