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Nerds and Geeks, everywhere. Talking about b-sides. Talking about rumours which can’t be circumstantially linked. Weezer are one of the few bands who don’t just endorse this information craziness but fuel the fire. As the grandfathers of EMO (that genre, filled with irony, all music is emotional in my book, if not, it’s shit!) tonight’s performance has to live up to the idea of legendary. It’s kinda monumental that the band actually made it over, but after a long wait and without much further ado they take to the drum-kit risen stage….
The first impression, is that Rivers has a beard and the geek look is completed with his Elvis Costello specs. The rest of the band look like Wheatus’ older brothers. And then the pogoing commences! The set had about 4 new songs in, which didn’t sound like Weezer at their best, although I think everyone here tonight’s love for Weezer had to go past the tricky first few virginal ”it sounds like noise” listens. 'Say it Ain’t So', 'Undone (Sweater Song)', 'Island in the Sun' and the encores ’Buddy Holly’ all shine like the big singles they never really were, but to Weezer fans these songs are everything. To me, they’re almost everything a fun band can ever hope to be.
The poignant heartbreak is still smiling an upside down grin beneath it all. But people pogo amongst the smoke and lights, turning Brixton into a side-parting’n’shirt filled mirrored melee. Yes the band are even enjoying themselves! You can smell the sweat from the pit all around the venue. Then, ticker-tape falls and glitters it’s way to the floor. The smiles get bigger and bigger. The sea of Weezer rock-waves (kinda like a wack-a-wave, remember them?) reach higher and higher. But about now I should really have left, feeling the sugar-metal high rushing through my body… The gig was more or less over, it was the end of the encore, however, Rivers decided 5minutes of guitar de-tuning would be interesting for us all to hear. Hmmm.
All in all, it was a great gig, last 5minutes aside. Equal ammounts of all records put side by side for the hour or so the guitars chimed on the glittery platform infront of us all. Legendary? Only time will tell. Had they played ’El Scorcho’ and ’Pink Triangle’ I might never, ever, ever have wanted to goto a gig again. If only they did. The new albums out late April, but the band don't care either way - hence, no weezer interview to come on drownedinsound. Hiss!
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