Arriving at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth, for the Jägermeister “Ice Cold In Bournemouth” featuring Coheed and Cambria, Black Spiders, Feed The Rhino and DJ Daniel P Carter, a little too late to get a one of the free Jägermeister beanie hats several people are sporting, my spirits soon lift as the group of angry young men that comprise Feed The Rhino take the stage and proceed to own it. Admittedly, with this much Jägermeister flowing it doesn’t take much to get the modest crowd going and several fists are raised in the air at singer Lee Tobin‘s instruction, shortly before he leaves the stage altogether and performs a song from the middle of the venue, much to the delight of the fans.
The best thing about an early start to a gig like this is all 3 bands have a decent set length, but all too soon drumsticks have been thrown and Daniel P Carter is back on the decks. As the room quickly fills up, it’s easy to see just how hard Black Spiders have been working to build their following and it shouldn’t be too long before they are headlining venues like this. The band play their arses off, strike poses and flirt with the crowd at all the appropriate moments to an appropriate level, the pinnacle being Pete Spilby encouraging the audience to yell “Fuck Black Spiders”, by reminding them they have jobs to go to the next morning, but the band doesn’t The set itself doesn’t differ much from their recent headline set at the O2 Academy Islington, ploughing through ‘Just Like A Woman’, ‘Wolves’, ‘KISS Tried To Kill Me’ and ending on ‘Kill Your Friends’ having converted more people into fans and proving themselves once again in the eyes of those who came to see them.
After what seemed an eternity, the walking haircut that is Claudio Sanchez walked onto the stage and Coheed and Cambria launched into the double hitter opening of ‘No World For Tomorrow’ and ‘Gravemakers and Gunslingers’ with all the musicianship one would expect from a Coheed show. A cursory look around the venue reveals that not only are the audience lapping up every note and lyric coming through the PA, but so are the Black Spiders from their vantage point on the balcony. Then Claudio breaks all the rules and forgets about promoting latest release “The Afterman: Ascension”, choosing instead to perform ‘Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant’ taken from the forthcoming album “The Afterman: Descension”, due out in the first quarter of 2013 (although an acoustic performance of the track was released on youtube).
Eventually, the band get to playing current single ‘The Afterman’ which sounds as sweeping and majestic as it should, the audience right behind Claudio and the boys the whole time. Sadly, all good things must come to an end and so does this gig with a roaring rendition of ‘In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3′, which has the whole building joining in on the “Woah oh…” outro section.
Thank goodness for encores then, as Coheed return to perform ‘Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute’, which was the first single to be released from the “…Ascension” album. Claudio then just has time to squeeze in ‘A Favour House Atlantic’, before the inevitable finale of ‘Welcome Home’.
A top gig all round, for which Jägermeister deserves a massive thank you from those who were in attendance and all 3 bands deserve another hearty round of applause for a job well done – see you next time!