Normally the cries of "Fire! Fire! Fire!" would lead to people screaming and running for the nearest available exit, but tonight, those exact words lead to people screaming and running to the stage.
That's all to come later on, first of all we have two other bands heading for the spotlight. First up were local lads Secondsmile who we won't discuss in detail due to the fact we covered one of their gigs very recently. Suffice to say though, they put on another grand performance worthy of their 'rising stars' status. Second on the bill were the White Circle Crime Club from Antwerp in Belgium.
They proved the perfect companions for the headliners with their burgeoning songs which often weighed in at the nine minute mark. The band used keyboards (occasionally played with drumsticks) and guitars combined with sparse vocals to create richly textured soundscapes which were always on the precipice of opening out into intense passages of wonderfully melodic noise.
Now, picking up from where this review started, on come the guys everyone's been waiting for. Five piece art-punk pioneers The Blood Brothers. In a venue with a capacity of less two-hundred people the band were in their element, their energy creating a feedback loop with the audience which left the room writhing in a flurry of hair with hundreds of people screaming in unison.
Concentrating on their three most recent albums "Young Machetes", "Crimes" and "Burn, Piano Island, Burn", the Blood Brothers played a set which kept pretty much everybody happy. The only notable exception being their decision to drop "Ambulance Vs. Ambulance" from their setlist. This was more than made up for by the return of "The Shame" as set-closer. It's safe to say that almost everyone left with the words "best concert ever" being muttered from their tortured red-raw throats.