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Live Review: Don Broco – Camden Barfly – 13/08/12

Don Broco played an intimate album launch show for debut album ‘Priorities’. See what HTF thought of the show when we went along!

Band: Don Broco
Venue: Camden Barfly
Date: 13/08/12

Don Broco’s debut album ‘Priorities’ has been a long time coming and it’s tonight that the band get to officially launch the fruit of their labours. This launch party is ready to welcome a masterpiece into the audience’s CD collection.

With a room full of lucky competition winners and blaggers alike, the small Barfly venue is fit to burst and with the lack of a support Don Broco saunter onstage a little before 9pm. As frontman Rob Damiani admits as they walk onstage, they aren’t going to play the whole of ‘Priorities’: mainly because they haven’t learnt all the tracks for a live audience. Instead they play through a punchy, energetic and sweaty array of new tracks including ‘Hold On’, ‘Fancy Dress’ ,‘Actors’ and of course ‘Priorities’.

The new tracks bring along with them the famous walk and a mass press up session in the audience much to the band’s delight. Old tracks such as ‘Dreamboy’ and ‘Beautiful Morning’ bring the crowd to another level: literally. There are people clambering onto their friends’ shoulders and a pretty good attempt at a human pyramid.

The crowd participate in a way only a Don Broco crowd can: with dedication and loyalty to the four men stood in front of them sweating for their glorious art. Rob even gets in on the action calling for a wall of death as he stands in the middle of the crowd half way through their punchiest song with the biggest riffs, ‘Thug Workout’. The crowd engulf him and he returns on stage beaming and proud. There is something about this band that shines – maybe it’s their tight instrumentals, Rob’s unique flawless voice, the additional singing of drummer Matt Donnelly or merely their pure commitment to the band – but one thing’s for sure: it will be one of the last times you’ll see them at a venue as small as this.

The album has been a long time coming for the Bedford lads but they’ve done it and it really has been a worthwhile wait.


Reviewer: Rhian Westbury




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