When you’re informed via a friend when approaching a gig that it is a 14+ social club, you immediately have little hope of enjoying the night. Images of little children running around with their Skins T-shirts on posing for Facebook photos and inevitably asking the oldies to buy them beverages at the bar spring to mind (yes it did happen to my mate). Tonight’s dubstep, drum and bass, dance onslaught did feature many a little bobbler, yet the crowd was mixed enough to make a good atmosphere. (Also to note, Rock City smells like a Rugby players jockstrap, they need to sort that out).
One thing that always confuses the shit out of me at gigs is why the youngens (mainly girls) decide to make their way into the roughest part of the crowd. Let’s analyse this; you’re about 5 foot, weigh as much as a bag of sugar and wear your long hair down the back of your neck. You got the picture right? So, for a 6 foot 2, 12 stone chap (of pure muscle obviously) to only just be able to see and have to bail out halfway through the set – then what the hell are they playing at? One young lady behind me decided to face the opposite way to the stage whilst clutching onto her boyfriend for dear life – how the fuck is that an enjoyable gig? If you’re one of these girls, please do post a comment with your reasons as to why you put yourself through this. Also, if you’re going into a crowd where you are going to be pretty much on top of each other – tie your hair up, no one wants to leave a gig with a fucking fur ball in their mouth. Enough of that, more of the gig…
So the atmosphere was there, kids had their fake id’s and the air con systems were ready for overload. Could Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status) smash the place down? MR Rage MC definitely thought it was on the cards, as he was on fire tonight. The ‘No More Idols’ UK Tour features a hectic schedule for the London duo, but they got through tonight’s set with all guns blazing. Slamming in all the heavy hitters early in the set you just knew everything would come together in a frenzy of blood sweat and tears. You can’t argue with the quality of production in Chase & Status’ tracks, in a live setting they are twice as tight, and twice as monstrous.
Accompanying the live set was some crazy drum set up, a few TV screens at the back and some heavy duty lighting rigs. During songs featuring guest vocalists we were treated to the screens filled with digitalized faces of the artist – Plan B being a highlight for “End Credits”. However during these songs, Rage looked a little out of place jumping around on stage spitting out the odd crowd pumper – but hey, that’s what you get for using guest vocalists in the studio when they aren’t available on tap.
Without a doubt, this band have got the live setup in the bag, everything is powerful, those basslines are like wild creatures in the night and the drum patterns are hectic. Making the most of both views within the dirty crowd and upstairs, you could see just how well Chase & Status can pump a crowd. “Let You Go” could have been an advert for “The effects of a good bass line” as pretty much everyone in Rock City was jumping up and down like a kangaroo on heat.
With a number record, an unbelievable live sound and an excess of tour dates this year, Chase & Status are gonna be nailing it over and over again, becoming bigger than ever. Listening to No More Idols may leave you with a feeling of “meh” or “generic, with a few bangers” – but get your peepers and listening utensils into a live gig as Chase & Status create their own league of banger after banger. Note: Wear ear plugs after these chaps, as my ear-bongos have been molested!