Death From Above 1979 / Turbowolf - Live in Belfast (Cover Artwork)
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Death From Above 1979 / Turbowolf

Live in Belfast (2015)

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Death From Above 1979 played their second show of their UK and Ireland tour Saturday the 21st at The Limelight in Belfast. The pairing of Death From Above 1979 with Turbowolf as a supporting band (who opened for them throughout the tour) certainly worked; the sounds of the two bands fit well enough, though a little more contrast between the sounds of the two bands might have been a bit more effective.

Turbowolf kicked off the early Belfast show around 7:20 with a set of about six songs, including “Solid Gold” and “Rabbit’s Foot”. When they started their set, The Limelight was still reasonably empty, but they did a pretty good job setting the mood for the night, nevertheless, even managing to get a decent amount of participation from the audience; always. The set itself was nothing of note, really: they played well and sounded solid, if a little boring, though there were certainly highlights to their opening set. To put it simply, it was an adequate set from Turbowolf, though they were greatly overshadowed by Death From Above 1979, which wasn't helped by the similarities in their sounds.

When Death From Above 1979 hit the stage, they didn't waste a second. They jumped right into their fifteen-song set with “Turn it Out”, and didn't let up much for talk. The show was, naturally, dominated by tracks off their newest album The Physical World, including “Virgins”, “Right On, Frankenstein!”, and “White is Red”. The two-piece band played fast and heavily, and sounded excellent - a feat for any band where the vocalist doubles as the drummer. The only time they really let up was when a full bottle of beer was thrown at drummer Sebastien Grainger - he finished the song without pause, only to call out the audience and call in security when he did.

After finishing the set with “Always On”, the band didn't have to wait too long to reappear for an encore, demanded by the enthusiastic audience. As was only fitting, they ended the show with the last song off their newest album, going out with a bang (or, rather, noise) and “The Physical World”. It was an effective ending to an energetic set, and left most of the audience with ringing ears. Seeing a band live is often the best way to judge how good they are. Turbowolf doesn't fall flat, but they aren't extremely memorable (at least in an opening capacity); Death From Above 1979, on the other hand, hit hard and fast and sound great while they do it.