Sunday, 13 May 2012

Live Review: Garbage @ The Troxy 9/5/12

 Rating: 5/5

    1. Encore:
      The Troxy gig was a sold out gig so I was lucky to get a ticket, thanks to a good friend. It was after all their first gig in London for a whole nine years- and a lot of people had been waiting patiently for this moment- I didn't even see them the first time around despite being a long term fan, so to say I was excited might be an understatement.
      When Carina and I arrived at the venue, there was already a queue of people going around the block, mostly people in their twenties or thirties who were clearly long term fans- there was an air of anticipation as the doors opened and the queue marched slowly into the Troxy.  
      I had never been to The Troxy. It's a very nice venue, maybe slightly bigger than Brixton Academy roughly with both a standing area and a balcony for those with seating tickets.
      The 'support' act wasn't a band, but a female dj called Hanna Hanra, who is also the editor of BEAT and a features editor of I.D magazine amongst other journalistic pursuits. As a female dj myself, I can be very picky when it comes to dj's, but I really enjoyed her set as a good warm up to Garbage, especially as she played lots of female fronted bands including Joan Jett and L7- hooray! She also merged the music nicely together which is always a plus!

      As soon as Hanna's desk was pulled away from the stage, the anticipation for Garbage to come on stage slowly turned into impatience- every bit of movement on the stage would elicit cheering, and we would look on wondering which member of the band had appeared- but alas no one was on the stage yet.

      Then after what seemed like forever (but was probably only 20 minutes or so) the members of Garbage took to the stage, with the star of the show Shirley Manson the last to appear on the stage looking amazing despite fretting about breaking out in acne the same day on the Facebook page. She had also entered wearing very high heels but after a few songs, someone came and helped her put on some boots instead as she said "I thought I'd wear heels as it's a special occasion, but you know what, fuck it."

      The band went onto to play a set filled with hits including older tracks like 'Milk' and 'Stupid Girl', more recent songs like 'Cherry Lips' and a few tracks thrown in from their new album including both singles 'Battle in Me' and 'Blood For Poppies'

      The band played with style and aplomb, and with most songs it seemed like the whole crowd was singing along with them and jumping up and down in unison. There were songs they didn't play that I would have liked to hear, but they have such a great back catalogue it would have been hard to fit everything in. I left the gig eager to see them again, and hopefully it won't be in another nine years! 
Garbage release new album 'Not Your Kind of People' tomorrow (May 14th) and their next London date is at Brixton Academy on the 1st July. For more dates see their tour page. Were you at the gig? What did you think of the new songs?

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