Brixton Academy, London
26th August, 2015
Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Michelle Murphy
It’s 26th of August, 2015 and Metal-Rules.com team are heading down to Brixton Academy in London to watch one of the most legenday punk rock bands of our times. On a warm summer evening like this, what can possibly be better than having a few beers with your friends and watching The Offspring live on their Coming For You tour?
Tonight at Brixton Academy is the ultimate gathering of the punk rock kids of the 90s. It’s the ultimate trip down the memory lane. The ultimate party.
The Offspring take the stage with “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” and it comes as no surprise that The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland and guitarist Kevin ‘Noodles’ Wasserman know exactly how to kick-start a good party for their long-time fans and supporters.
Tonight’s show at Brixton Academy is completely sold out and the main room is filled with grown-up punk rockers are fans who weren’t even born when “Self Esteem” became a hit song. However, together they instantly set the right vibe and turn this venue with 5’000 capacity into something that feels more like a fun house party, rather than an upscale gig in one of London’s most iconic venues.
Even though Offspring have been releasing albums throughout their career, tonight’s show seems to be all about their good old greatest hits. …and no one in the audience seems to complain:
“New tracks from Offspring!? You mean they they released more stuff after Smash and Americana?”
Throughout the show, a somewhat rebellious atmosphere seems to be hanging in the air. It feels just as if we’ve time-travelled back to when we were angry, pissed-off and confused teenagers with their middle fingers raised up in the air fighting the system, the society, the power and puberty.
Yet, our sentimentality aside, The Offspring guys might no longer be in their 20s, but they still manage to put on one hell of a show to prove that they’ve still got what it takes. Once the band hits the stage, they instantly release an insane amount of positive, youthful and a little frenetic energy to get us all party like it’s 1994 all over again.
You don’t need to be a die-hard Offspring fan to find yourself bouncing around the crowd and singing along to every song, as you’ve just realized that you, pretty much, know them all by heart anyway.
We’re talking songs, like “Come Out and Play,” “Mota,” and “Staring at the Sun” followed by “Million Miles Away,” Gotta Get Away” and “Hit That”. Basically, there ain’t a chance you’d be standing still throughout such set.
London’s crowd tonight is in great shape. You’d struggle to find a single person who’s holding back and not showing great appreciation towards the band with loud cheers and rabid dancing.
It’s not entirely about celebrating ‘all things old-school’ tonight, as Offspring manage to squeeze in a new song called “Coming for You” on their setlist, however when compared to other songs the band have played tonight, it kind of seem to go by unnoticed.
Halfway through the show, the band bring it down with “Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?” and give us a minute to catch our breath. However, after such an energetic first part of the show, “Kristy…” struggles to excite and does not go down as the crowd’s favourite tune of the night.
However, by now everyone in the crowd have, pretty much, lost their poor voices and are covered in beer and sweat. …But who cares!? It’s a punk rock show, after all.
With more killer tunes, like “Why Don’t You Get a Job?,” “Want You Bad” and “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” The Offspring do not let the energy level drop an inch and deliver an overall sharp and exciting performance. With Dexter’s vocals staying on top form throughout the performance and Noodles with the band pounding through the set with great energy and determination, The Offspring bring their show to an end with “The Kids Aren’t Alright”.
Nevertheless, their return to the stage for an encore comes as no surprise. The Offspring might have never left the stage in the first place, as the people in the crowd clearly want more and demand few more songs with the loudest cheers heard tonight.
The Offspring say their farewell to London with “(Can’t Get My) Head Around You” and “Self Esteem,” which kick-starts absolute carnage within the crowd and puts an end to a great show.
There’s no doubt about it that tonight’s party has been well overdue, as we see the tired and sweaty crowd of 5’000 leave for the venue’s exit. London had clearly missed its favourite 90s punk icons.
So here’s to even more and ever merrier years of punk rock, The offspring and all of the crazy people in the crowd who will still be turning up to ridiculous punk rock shows once we’ve all reached a pretty ridiculous age.
You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
All I Want
Come Out and Play
Coming for You
Have You Ever
Staring at the Sun
Million Miles Away
Gotta Get Away
Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?
Why Don’t You Get a Job?
Want You Bad
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
The Kids Aren’t Alright
(Can’t Get My) Head Around You