Gig review: Panic at the Disco
Mar 31 2008 by Katie Campling, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
ARTIST: Panic At The Disco
VENUE: Leeds University
REVIEW BY: Darrell Blount
THE extremity of Panic At The Disco may have disappeared with the removal of the exclamation mark from the word Panic, but tonight’s performance was nothing far from sheer amazement.
Being support act for a band such as Panic At The Disco was always going to be hard, but Black Gold tried their hardest to impress the sold out University.
Their personal styling of synth-laden rock seemed to go down well with the crowd eagerly awaiting the headlining band.
The vocalist owed obvious debt to Placebo lead singer Brian Molko, with his whiny yet soulful voice.
Piano rock seems all the rage today and Black Gold thrashed out their harmonious piano ballads with perfection. While nothing scene-changing, they do what they do superbly.
Metro Station, the band I was most looking forward to seeing, did not disappoint either.
The California youngsters roared on to the stage with song Disco, and with its upbeat electronic sound it set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Their hardcore pop-tinged electro was a welcome change. Their bouncy performance seemed contagious and had the audience copying their moves precisely.
Lead singer Mason Musson and his guitarist in crime Trace Cyrus worked off one another perfectly, executing their tracks, including Seventeen Forever and crowd favourite Kelsey with CD perfection.
Ending with Control sealed the deal for me, as the foursome left me in awe.
Coming along way since the famous 2006 Reading incident, which saw Panic At the Disco’s Brendon Urie knocked out on stage by a stray bottle, tonight showed the Met University the sheer talent the Las Vegas lads possess.
Opening with their first single from their eagerly anticipated second release ‘Pretty. Odd’ the room filled with the hum of the ever so catchy chorus of Nine in the Afternoon.
Fears that they would play only new songs were soon put to rest with the impressive versions of Relax, Relapse and Lying is The Most Fun, which sounded even better than those on the CD.
When first hearing lead singer Urie’s voice live I was impressed but I felt it lacked something. Tonight he seemed to have found his missing factor. Maturity.
His voice was soulful, powerful, emotional and simply amazing. Playing tasters of this album including their self-titled track, fans awaiting the record will be astonished by the sheer craftsmanship and musicianship these guys have put into it.
If their live performance is anything to go by it will easily become a classic. Tonight Panic were on top form. Excellent!