Alestorm + Rumahoy + The Dread Crew of Oddwood @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Alestorm
Alestorm
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Alestorm + Rumahoy + The Dread Crew of Oddwood

@ O2 Forum Kentish Town

February 22, 2018

Review by Sabrina Selkis

Photography by Inty Malcolm

Ahoy Jolly Roger!

Tonight it is all about being a Pirate, breathing as a Pirate, drinking like a Pirate! We all are Scallywags! The party is happening at the 02 Forum Kentish Town in north London. This headline show is in support of Alestorm’s fifth album “No Grave But The Sea” released last year.

Alestorm
Alestorm

The whole tour includes 15 dates around the UK and Ireland. Yes it is freezing, this ain’t no carribean weather, but this doesn’t stop the show from being sold out with a capacity of 2300 people. Queuing is very entertaining with many disguised as pirates, it is quite a sight. Are we really in London? Where is my parrot?

The Dread Crew of Oddwood
The Dread Crew of Oddwood

To open the festivities is a band called The Dread Crew of Oddwood. The acoustic Pirate band is from California and formed in 2008.

The Dread Crew of Oddwood
The Dread Crew of Oddwood

They play a combination of Celtic and Folk music using traditional and acoustic instruments including mandolin, accordion and stand up bass.

The Dread Crew of Oddwood
The Dread Crew of Oddwood

From their first second on stage, the audience is having a blast, even getting the moshpit going.

The Dread Crew of Oddwood
The Dread Crew of Oddwood

Songs like “Whalin’ Rumbo” and “Sand Lobster” are very folky, Oddwood has a knack for catchy riffs and lyrics, and evidently the crowd is reacting very positively.

The Dread Crew of Oddwood
The Dread Crew of Oddwood

What a band to open the show!

The Dread Crew of Oddwood
The Dread Crew of Oddwood

Setlist:

  1. Dead Man’s Medley
  2. Side Quest
  3. Binged and Purged
  4. Raise Your Pints
  5. The Gleeman
  6. Trollwhack
  7. Heavy Mahogany
  8. The Dread Crew of Oddwood
  9. Expedition on Heavy Submarine
  10. Sulfur
  11. When I Sail’d
  12. Cities Burning/Careless Whisper (George Michael cover)
Rumahoy
Rumahoy

Following up is Rumahoy from North Carolina. The band is signed to Napalm Records and has been active since 2012.

Rumahoy
Rumahoy

Founded by vocalist Captain Yarrface, he added Bootsman Walktheplank on guitar, Cabinboy Treasurequest on bass, and Swashbuckling Pete on drums.

Rumahoy
Rumahoy

The 4 members wear balaclavas, which is quite unusual considering they are a Pirate Metal band…which makes me think their shows in Ireland must have been quite something!

Rumahoy
Rumahoy

Nonetheless they play a very energetic show, more metal catchy than Oddwood. I have to admit I knew nothing about this band, but by judging the crowd reaction and myself bouncing around happily, I will definitely look into their album later.

Rumahoy
Rumahoy

Opening with “AHOY!” Rumahoy takes control of their audience, fans headbang in unison. “Forest Party” which has its video released last year gets more people chanting and clapping. They finish a very tight set with “Pirateship”, leaving us all sweaty and in need of more rum and beer.

Rumahoy
Rumahoy

Setlist:

  1. AHOY!
  2. Quest for Heritage
  3. Haitian Slam
  4. Hoffman, the Pirate King
  5. Netflix and Yarr
  6. Forest Party
  7. The Triumph of Piracy
  8. Pirateship
Alestorm
Alestorm

And for the finale of this Piratefest edition 2018 is Alestorm. I have seen them a couple of times and I don’t get tired of them. The Scottish pirate metal band is one of the best to headline such a show.

Alestorm
Alestorm

They released their debut album in 2008, called “Captain Morgan’s Revenge” via Napalm Records. To this day Alestorm has five albums out, “No Grave But the Sea” being their last released last year.

Alestorm
Alestorm

There is a massive blow up yellow duck onstage by the way, and if you want a little rubber one it is actually on sale via Napalm Records’ website, I kid you not!

Alestorm
Alestorm
Alestorm
Alestorm

Their energy onstage is relentless, their songs full of headbanging riffs, the fans sing to each track, laugh, dance, drink!

Alestorm
Alestorm

A real party is happening right now, downstairs, upstairs, on stage, I bet even backstage they are having a blast!

Alestorm
Alestorm

By this time I have little recollection to be honest with you, like many I am just enjoying the moment and even dancing with complete strangers! What a night!

Alestorm
Alestorm

Setlist:

Blazing Saddles Theme (tape)

  1. Keelhauled
  2. Alestorm
  3. Magnetic North
  4. Mexico
  5. The Famous Ol’ Spiced
  6. The Sunk’n Norwegian
  7. No Grave But The Sea
  8. Nancy The Tavern Wench
  9. Rumpelkombo
  10. 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)
  11. Drunken Sailor (traditional cover)
  12. Hangover (Taio Cruz cover)
  13. Pegleg Potion
  14. Bar und Ibniss
  15. Captain Morgan’s Revenge
  16. Shipwrecked

Encore:

  1. Drink
  2. Wenches & Mead
  3. Fucked With An Anchor
Alestorm
Alestorm