REVIEW: Deap Vally @ Concorde 2, 22/09/2016

The Verse’s Lennon Craig reviews Deap Vally at their Concorde 2 show on 22nd September.

The air is thick with sweat from early doors at the Concorde 2 as summer takes one final stand against the inevitable British winter. Even an hour before Deap Vally are due to take to the stage the venue is thronging with revellers, though, being freshers’ week, it’s difficult to tell whether they’re at their intended destination or not.

Any early scepticism appears unfounded however, once the Californian duo’s blistering bass-laden rock crackles into life to a rapturous reception. While the band tightly weave vitriolic anthems from both of their studio albums with boundless energy and enthusiasm, the near-capacity crowd provides a muted headnodding response, even if they sound their appreciation when required.

Deap Vally

It takes recent single Smile More to generate some movement in the masses, with bodies and beer starting to fly around joyously. Fan favourite End of the World keeps the party going with its persistently antagonising rhythm and soulful vocals.

Riffs and hits are soon flying around the Concorde, as the duo push the noise and tempo further still with the huge one-two of Julian and Lies, which features a lurching, extended breakdown that inspires a huge reaction from the crowd.

The energy is never allowed to lull, with the introduction of two backing singers providing the depth of sound as lead vocalist Lindsey Troy dives into the crowd, enjoying the rapturous reception of a crowd that has turned like Royal Jelly in their hands.

After a euphoric, bone-rattling encore, the duo disappear backstage, leaving the crowd to drag their sweaty selves away from stage and into the late summer’s evening on the seafront. Their visit might be fleeting, but from the riotous noise that the duo brings to proceedings, their acerbic impact is sure to be felt long until the ringing ears and warm evenings are nothing but distant memories.

The Verse Staff

Join The Discussion!

Next Post

PREVIEW: Natalie McCool @ Green Door Store, 29/9/2016

Wed Sep 28 , 2016
The Verse’s Nammie Matthews previews Natalie McCool ahead of her show at Brighton’s Green Door Store on Thursday 29th September as part of the tour of her newest album, The Great Unknown Singer-songwriter Natalie McCool comes to Brighton this week (just in time for Freshers!), bringing with her a slick breed of […]
natalie mccool

Get In Touch

contactverse@gmail.com

 

 

About us

The Verse is run by students, for students. If you’re studying at University of Brighton and you’d like to get involved by writing for us or becoming a sub-editor, we welcome you to contact us via email.

The Verse is funded and supported by Brighton Students’ Union.

The views expressed on The Verse online newspaper do not necessarily represent the views of Brighton Students’ Union, its management or employees. For more information or for any enquiries, please contact the Marketing and Communications Team at bsucommunications@brighton.ac.uk