From the very first note of 'Movin’ On Up', a eutrophic and outstandingly energetic evening began. Be it maximal sound or harsh words, Primal Scream don’t tend to deal in half measures. Although, the shrunken incarnation of the Glaswegian rock band that appeared on stage didn’t quite meet these grand expectations, the mature crowd were buzzing from the on-set, ready to hear the band supporting their new alternative synth-rock album, Chaosmosis.
Andrew lines is now the sole guitarist of a band which once had three. Simone Butlter on Bass, Martin Duffy on the keyboard and Darrin Mooney on drums, all supporting a surprisingly sprightly front man Bobby Gillespie. Gillespie introduced the band after some harmonising on opening numbers. Flamboyant and brilliant in his pink blazer, he welcomed in the evening in his resoundingly cool, thick Glaswegian accent, “How you doin’ Bristol!”
It seems change has been the medicine Primal Scream needed and only four songs in, their most recent album featured, the sound was refreshingly distinct from their previous hits, with 'When the Light Gets In and Trippin’ on Your Love', gaining a fantastic response from the crowd.
Personally, 'I’m Gonna Cry Myself Blind' proved to be a particularly poignant moment, a track recorded over 20 years ago with heart wrenching lyrics, induced a sway from the audience, arms in the air and a few tears rolling down some cheeks. The track acted as a perfect bridge between the new Shoot Speed / Kill Light, which was filled with flashing lights and harped back to the bands classic acid house days, and their older tracks.
When Primal Scream started digging out their older hits, such as almighty rock anthems 'Country Girl' and 'Rocks' the mosh pit were let loose, with the crowd going wild before the admirable, sing-a-long classic 'Come Together' drew the evening to an ecstatic and mesmerising close.
Review: Ben Seedhouse
Photography: Renee Leng