A / Instruction - Manchester Academy 3 - 10.5.05
The free spirited Northamptonshire veteran punk quintet; A wasted no time in proudly showing their more mature and slightly downcast new material by opening with the angry ‘Rush Song’. Perry’s vocals took on a slightly coarser feel when he belied his boy band looks, as he and the crowd ranted right from the off with the new single being as well received as many of the older ones that were paraded tonight. Playing their rasping pop punk classic ‘Nothing’ second song in, meant that Perry had the crowd eating out of his hand for the rest of the evening and was able to get away with some cheesy crowd teasing banter about being in Munich. Old favourites ‘I Love Lake Tahoe’ and ‘Old Folks’ were scattered alongside the darker new direction of A that built up neatly to rasping version of the rat race decrying ‘Starbucks’. Tonight with their new material on show A hinted that just like their name they are at the start of something, as oppose to being towards the end.
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