Review by Ben Spencer
28th October 2012
Photography by Luke Osborne
So having contended with Sundays less than satisfactory train service, it was time to return to the Forum to catch Mindless Self Indulgence, a band that have been around for some years now, but surprisingly seemed to have acquired quite a young fan base as well as the more old school ones gathered outside.
Kick starting the night, The Dead Betas enter the in a timely fashion and begin pummelling through a synth driven pop-punk sound that had the venue bouncing along and clapping along in approval. The music itself seemed fairly standard with verse/chorus structures as well as some symphonic texturing to give the band a little something extra worth taking notes of.
Whilst, there may not have been much to really take away as memorable with the opening act they did seem to please the crowd and get everyone in shape for what was to follow.
Taking Hayley, hit the stage next with a strong drive towards bands such as Fall Out Boy as well as bringing back some of New Found Glory’s Punk rock anthem-style choruses. These guys definitely helped raise the bar with enticing bass grooves, guitar hooks and rhythmic drumming. Vocally and lyrically the singer’s range worked well with soaring choruses playing over the lead guitar work.
Not really something I would normally invest in but they were good at what they do, and sure as hell knew how to put on a great show.So as Mindless Self Indulgence are welcomed with a mass applause from the on-looking crowd as they jump straight into fuzzy guitar intro of ’Shut Me Up’ which comes with electronic beeps, distinctive vocals and a straight up groove to get the room dancing.
Wasting no time in their deliverance of their set they follow up with the melodic symphonic sound of ’Mastermind’ that although slower in pace was equally as formidable with plenty of well timed vocals ranges being covered.
A general crowd pleaser came from ’Animal’ which bursts out in urgency with catchy lyrics, infectious drum work and guitar riffs that speed up in the mid-section, cranking everything up into a greater sense of conviction from each band member.
Meanwhile, the punk undertones of ‘1989’ glide along with speedy drums and punchy bass slamming. But it is the relentless electro elements that shine through adding grandeur to a song that would otherwise remain only half as competent.
The funky bombastic nature of ‘Cocaine and Toupees’ blurred the lines between the obscure and familiar with some old-school Nintendo sound effects reverberating through out whilst the vocals hit some elusive high notes which seemed to work well with the instrumentation itself. ‘Planet of The Apes’ had a strong pounding drum kick throughout and ‘Faggot’ came with a bouncing groove that was welcomed with raised arms to with an almost drum an Bass breakdown thrown into the mix.
Closing off with ‘Bitches’ the guitar riffs and electronic dynamics stirred around violently between the intricate drum work while vocals switch and shift between high pitches wailing.
The band themselves had a great interaction which was mirrored by an ecstatic stage presence from each member that definitely helped maintain the energy levels of the evening. Most of their set comprised of short and to the point outbursts of music that tended to be over just as soon as you got into them, but ultimately it was their knack for performing and not just pushing out recorded songs on stage that made this quite an entertaining evening to remember.