Detroit Social Club,Daystar Live Review @ NQ Live (formerly Moho) (Northern Quarter) - 05 Feb 2011
Photo: Paul Bouchier
So, the lovely Sat-Nav lady decided to take us on a tour of the back streets of the Northern Quarter of Manchester in the search for the elusive Moho. I was starting to feel ominous about tonight. I'd been thinking during the day about things I'd read regarding the supposed 'death of guitar bands' and here I was, in a maze of dark alleys, one way streets, hoping I'd actually arrive at the venue in time to see the main support act tonight, a 5 piece guitar outfit known as Daystar.
I needn't have worried. The ambience was good. A nice mixture of people and on settling myself at the bar, noticing a rush of people moving toward the front, gave first indication of just how many were here tonight to actually see the support as much as the headliner.
Opening their set with 'Off Our Heads', lead vocalist Simon Monaghan took complete control of the audience, delivering with confidence. The band powered through 'Sleeper', 'Mrs Joe', and 'Paralysing' with consummate ease, before delivering a powerful balladesque 'Into Something New', showing a gentler side to Mr Monaghan's diverse vocal range. Next came the upcoming single 'Slip and Dive' where rhythm guitarist Jack O'Connor and lead guitarist Ryan Arnfield showed us just what they can do, with Ryan taking control of the stage. New song , 'Slipstream', with a strong powerful bass riff from Steven Woods and all backed by Tom Mallas on drums who looked very much at home and an extremely accomplished 'sticksman' indeed, worked equally as well. Saving the best till last, Daystar gave a sublime exhibition of the art of performing and making music with the majestic 'Don't Need This' with Simon showing just what a good front man he really is. I have a feeling this was one of them nights where I'll be saying in future "I was there"
Next up were the headliners Detroit Social Club. Now I've seen these guys perform live before but was intrigued how tonight would go after their acrimonious split from Fiction Records. The lights dimmed and the towering self confessed 'Vibe Creator'
David Burn bounded onstage. Their appearance was met with more anticipation than excitement as they launched into a rousing, and one of my favourite tracks from the Existence album, 'Rivers and Rainbows' neatly followed by Kiss the Sun. Burn's gravelly vocal never faded, strong, powerful and commanding with the psychedelic keys of Dale Knight and the commanding bass of Chris McCourtie combining perfectly. In fact, McCourtie seems to be the powerhouse tonight as they launched into their soon to be single 'I am Revolution'
As usual, 'Sunshine People' and 'Black and White' remain the stalwarts of the set and get the crowd singing and jumping , sung with anthemic glory, getting more than the hardcore DSC gathering in the mood for a bit of rock tonight ! The Geordie rockers gave us most of the 'Existence' album tonight, although Burn did kindly remind us that he's actually a Sunderland supporter, so not technically correct there with the Geordie reference. The climax of the evening came with the appropriate 'Northern Man' full of stadium grandeur. Burn captivated us, pulled us in and left us wanting more.
Tonight Detroit Social Club proved that they're back … and they've come out fighting!