Killing Joke have been barraging the UK with their latest tour over the last couple of weeks. We headed on down to Rock City in Nottingham to check out the band and they sounded, quite simply, colossal. Off the back of the awesome new album ‘Pylon’ this show topped off a remarkable month for Killing Joke as they sit number one in the UK Rock chart and have their highest album entry ever.
It’s a rich vein of form the band are in…
A set-list of classics and plenty from the new album went down a treat with us that’s for sure. One of the best gigs we’ve seen this side of the summer festivals. don’t just take our words for it though!
We also ran a competition before the tour kicked off and we asked our lucky winners if they fancied telling us how they got on…
And one of them actually did!
Here is Bryan Hopson’s thoughts on the Leeds show:
Killing Joke Leeds Beckett Uni 4/11/15
Parking the car in the multi-storey, I realise there’s three things going on nearby, The MOBO’S at the Leeds Arena, Hugh Cornwell (acoustic) at the Carriage Works, AND Killing Joke at the Beckett Uni. For sheer excitement and the thrill of live music there’s only one place to go and that’s the Beckett for Killing Joke.
Just after 9pm the venue is rammed and I squeeze my way into a central position with the feeling that things are gonna get frantic, the band come onto the stage and launch things with ‘The Wait’. The band are tight… what we get is about 1 hour 40 minutes (inc encore) of what I have always thought as cutting edge, frantic rock!
Jaz is in charge, he moves about the stage with that menacing stare; the band deliver a career spanning set-list with at least half a dozen songs from Pylon; the new album. Stand out tracks from Pylon are ‘I Am The Virus’ and ‘Dawn of the Hive’. Stand out tracks from the night are ‘The Beautiful Dead’ ‘Requiem’ and the closing song of the night describes the full gig: ‘Pandemonium’.
An Excellent setlist, an excellent gig!