The Chemical Brothers, Brixton Academy, London, December 2005
The Chemical Brothers are without a doubt my favourite live electronic act. Jump to see them at any chance because you know what you are going to get - and that is not to say that it is always the same. They are the ‘dance’ act that pulled in loads of rock fans to electronic music, through their relentlessly large beats and mental live shows. The lighting shows and projections timed with the tracks are always stunning - I mean, 4 metre high psychotic clown anyone? The crowds always respond to Los Hermanos Chemical, they are brilliant at festivals, but this was the first time I had seen them headline a show themselves and Brixton reached escape velocity that night. You really can sum their attitude up in the track ‘Music : Response’ from Surrender: what you want on a night out is “music that triggers some kind of response”. So whether they are bashing out the big beat from Exit Planet Dust, getting you to punch the air with ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’, or providing something more of a sonic journey with ‘Star Guitar’ or ‘Swoon’, everyone in the room will be going chicken jalfrezi. Whether its a Belgian field (coming soon) or a huuuuuuge indoor venue like Olympia’s Grand Hall (as on the cover of Surrender) where we saw them in 2008, they totally boss it. Believe me. If you have the chance to see them buy the ticket - take the ride! Since the show was in support of album Push The Button, listen to ‘Galvanize’. Reach for the lasers!