LIVE: Stone Sour / Papa Roach / Hounds – Brixton Academy, London 11/12/2012
Now, I’d been roped into this one by my daughter, who really wanted to go and see Papa Roach, but she didn’t want to go on her own. I love their new album “The Connection” but as for Stone Sour, I can take them or leave them. I wasn’t planning to go to this gig to start with, and I really thought it was going to be a night of “meh” to be honest.
This was my first time at the Academy, and it’s an awesome venue. From the look of it, it’s a converted theatre, so that makes for some great acoustics, and of course, the sloped floor helps those at the back still able to see the stage fairly well. I wasn’t at the back though, as despite the massive queue, not many actually ventured into the stalls until well after the doors were open. The merch stand and the bar were a lot more important than getting a good spot it would seem. Still, we got to the very front, so I’m not going to complain at all.
First up were electro punk upstarts Hounds (no THE), and to all intents and purposes, they did a great job of warming up a crowd that had been stood in the freezing cold for well over an hour. Their music wasn’t really to my taste, but the crowd lapped them up, and the banter from them was amusing and entertaining. As support bands go, these guys were well on form, and did an awesome job at such a big venue. Their performance was energetic, and very loud. I really hope they go on to bigger and better things.
So, onto Papa Roach then. Kicking off with the first single from their last album, namely “Still Swinging” and the crowd went nuts. Honestly, the guys played an awesome set, with Jacoby venturing into the photo pit several times to climb up on the security barrier. One of these times was right in front of me, and much crushing ensued, but hey, that’s par for the course at a gig. The guys were absolutely on fire, and I loved every minute that they were on stage. They engaged the crowd quite often, asking us questions, getting us to sing along, and it was a great party atmosphere.
It was a real shame that it was over so quickly, as their set didn’t last anywhere near long enough for my liking, but they were playing second billing to Stone Sour, so I guess it was to be expected. They did promise to come back to the UK in 2013 though, and hopefully they’ll be on a headline tour. You can count me in on that one for sure.
Still Swingin’ …To Be Loved Getting Away With Murder Burn Forever Scars Hollywood Whore Give Me Back My Life Between Angels and Insects Where Did the Angels Go? Dead Cell Last Resort
So then, onto Stone Sour. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, apart from not to enjoy it too much. Yep, I’ll admit it, I wasn’t looking forward to this at all. In fact, I was even considering moving from my position at the front to allow a ‘true fan’ to take my spot. They exploded onto the stage, and the crowd went nuts, literally. There was crowd surfing, water bottles flying around (some of which actually came from the stage), and lots of headbanging. Throughout the entire gig, there was an absence of a mosh pit, which from my (old) perspective, was probably a good thing. I don’t mind getting involved in that sort of thing occasionally, but there are times now where I’d actually just like to watch what’s going on on stage, rather than where the next elbow, fist, knee etc is going to come from.
The guys were energetic, and kept the crowd interested, with funny chat, interesting conversation, and giving us the opportunity to sing along. I’ll be the first to admit that I was completely wrong about the whole thing. I may not like them too much as a studio band, but as a live band, there’s not much that could top them. Honestly, they were incredible, and I don’t mind admitting that I enjoyed the whole set immensely, as did everyone else.
Gone Sovereign Absolute Zero Mission Statement Hell & Consequences Orchids Made of Scars A Rumor of Skin Reborn RU486 Say You’ll Haunt Me Get Inside The Travelers, Pt. 2 Last of the Real
Encore: Bother Through Glass Digital (Did You Tell) 30/30-150
All in all, I can honestly say that my first visit to Brixton Academy was a memorable one. It’s certainly one of the most lively and entertaining concerts I’ve been to in a long time, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. All of the bands played out of their skins, and the atmosphere throughout the whole evening was electric. Am I a Stone Sour convert? Probably not, but if the opportunity comes up to see them live again, I’m pretty certain that I’ll give them another look, because in concert, they’re incredible. Papa Roach were still my favourite band of the evening though, and I will most definitely be seeing those guys again as soon as I can. Words by Jon Seymour, all photos by Sophie Garrett. More photos in the gallery.