Concert Review – Alkaline Trio at Nottingham Rock City

After the success of Alkaline Trio’s US tour with Bayside, they elected to bring them over to the UK. Which was heavily anticipated by the public judging by the near equal measure of Bayside and Alkaline Trio shirts worn to the show. Bringing along with them Scotland’s Murder Burgers to get the crowd into the punk spirit. 

If we learnt anything from the Murder Burgers half hour set it is that fast, raw pop-punk is alive and well in Scotland. Taking no prisoners as they blasted through their set at an impressive speed, although it made it difficult to tell some songs apart, they still got the crowd nice and ready for the rest of the night.

However it is unusual to see a venue fill up just as much as it did for Bayside to take to the stage, billed as second support it had a closer feeling to a co-headline tour. With the venue starting to feel quite tight by the time the lights went dark, the theme from the film Inception being played over the PA whipped the place into a frenzy. Opening with the with track from their new album, Bayside immediately got the night in full swing. Between the energy they brought with them and the note for note execution of their songs, they were definitely a high point of the night.

Then it was time for the masters of the morbid, Alkaline Trio. Playing a healthy mix of songs from just about every album except 2008s ‘Agony & Irony’ and only the one track from their 2010 album ‘This Addiction’, focusing heavily on their older material was definitely well received by the crowd. ‘Opening with This Could Be Love’ which never fails to get a crowd singing, and closing with their fan favourite hit ‘Radio’. Although they played well, and we’re clearly enjoying themselves, the sound levels were off by a fair way which caused some bad feedback and the bass on Dan’s vocals being too high making it difficult to even tell which song he was singing.

Rating: 6.5 slices out of 8
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