After an hour’s drive from Manchester to the remote Keele Students Union, I find myself located within a wonderfully intimate venue ready to witness one of the most exciting bands currently honouring the UK rock scene; Don Broco. The Bedford 4 piece having just released their third album, the UK Top 5 charting Technology, grace the stage in undoubtedly cool fashion. Sharp beaming red lights pulse from the back of the stage silhouetting the band as they open with the harsh sounds of lead single ‘Pretty’.
It’s hard to believe this is the band’s first visit to the town. The entire crowd shower the band in approval, showing immense energy throughout. The middle of the crowd is definitely not for the faint of heart with circle pits and wall of death’s taking place aplenty. Lead singer Rob Damiani’s striking pose centre stage is truly captivating. It’s worth noting Damiani’s huge improvement as a vocalist in recent performances with his higher vocal range really coming through tonight.
The band are clearly aware of the new album’s mass acclaim with an abundance of the tracks showcased tonight being taken from Technology. ‘The Blues’, ‘Good Listener’, ‘Something to Drink’ and ‘¥’ all make welcome new additions to the set alongside fan favourites such as ‘You Wanna Know’, ‘Nerve’ and ‘Priorities’. Towards the end of the set I begin finding myself praying for a slow song in order to catch a breath.
The fact that Broco are able to play in a town such as Keele and still put on such an immersive & fantastic show is a true testament to the band and what they’ve been able to achieve in recent years. Tonight is very much a celebration of Technology and how a band who’ve dared to go in such a different direction from their previous album can still reach scorching heights. As a very satisfied crowd leave the venue tonight, I’m left feeling certain Broco will continue to be making an impression on the rock scene for years still.By Mike Gardner