WHEN you’ve opened for one of the planet’s biggest bands at some of the world’s largest stadiums, it’s likely to stoke your own aspirations somewhat.
Irish rockers The Answer hit the Sheffield O2 Academy on Saturday with Revival, a new album that captures that giant spirit.
“We were thrown to the wolves a lot of nights on the road with AC/DC and all we had to fall back on was the four of us playing together,” recalls guitarist Paul Mahon.
“We had to make it work and dig in really hard.
“After all that time on the road, our song writing’s so much tighter.
“All the fat has been stripped away and we’re much more direct.
“Songs that we had in that vein seemed to go down with their audiences, and we took all of that on board.”
Enter-tainment gets roof
CERTAIN venue managers know Enter Shikari’s reputation all too well – during one of four headline dates last year part of Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom roof fell in.
On Sunday the Hertfordshire mavericks bring their latest romp around our isle to the O2 Academy as they roadtest some of the sonic hand grenades bound for a new album they made in Thailand, from which Snakepit was a recent single.
Other than a civilised arena jaunt with 30 Seconds To Mars, this is their first full UK tour in two years – 16 shows at more ‘intimate’ venues.
Fellow hardcore chums Your Demise and explosive LA combo LetLive keep them company.
Waiting for a Tellison call
CALL it compassion or foolishness but west London alt-indie types Tellison are taking their leaking van to some places less visited by decent music on their current tour.
Sheffield venue The Harley isn’t lacking decent decibels, of course, but benefits from the band’s wares on Saturday as they promote current single Edith.
It’s the latest take from their Peter Miles-produced album The Wages Of Fear – Miles effectively warmed up the studio antics of The King Blues, Frank Turner and We Are The Ocean.
In spite of a piracy leak ahead of its June release, that record has forged new ground for Tellison.