Review: The Wombats, Prides, and Sundara Karma @ Alexandra Palace – London

The Wombats
The Wombats have become synonymous for their infectious indie rock beats and their easily memorable lyrics, and their live shows do not disappoint. On the first of October the Alexandra Palace hosted The Wombats fifth UK show in support of their latest album, Glitterbug.

The eclectic crowd consisted of a multitude of ages and generations ranging from the teens busy snapchatting one of their first gigs to the drunken rockers standing towards the back, the anticipation gripped everyone the same. It all seemed to blur into one colossal, clammy and expectant audience as Sundara Karma took to the stage.

The first of the two support bands were met with mixed reviews; despite performing their indie-infused sounds flawlessly the songs were predominantly unheard of. Their stage presence however was undeniable as the young quartet bounded energetically around the stage, their long locks rocked as they’re heads bounded. However, it wasn’t until Prides came out when the gig really started.

Opening with one of their biggest hits (Out of the Blue) the Scottish synthpop giants got the whole of the Alexandra Palace jumping. Again their stage presence was incredible; controlling the stage and truly making it their own. The lead pianist and singer Stewart Brock was incredible in hyping the crowd before The Wombats finally made their appearance. Prides demanded attention with their chant-worthy tracks, and although the pop twist would arguably seem out of place at The Wombats, Prides hardly fit into any genre comfortably – suiting the gig perfectly. Prides are prepping for their own tour later this month performing at a range of classic quintessentially British venues and are definitely in for big things.

A restless crowd were finally treated to the dimmed lights that could only mean one thing. The whole of the Alexandra Palace cheered at once as lead singer Murph appeared on stage, joined by Tord and Dan as the whole room screamed the infamous ‘Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah’ of Give me a Try. Two things are guaranteed at a Wombats gig, a crowd ready to chant every single lyric to every single song and an emphatic atmosphere. To everyone’s delight The Wombats belted out every classic to an elated response from everyone, whilst Murph releases his usual quips and humorous anecdotes offering a release from the multiple mosh pits. Even some of the questionable new songs that made an appearance were greeted with just as warmly as Tokyo and Kill the Director. Matthew Murphy’s blessed with a voice that sounds just as good live as it does in the studio, and somehow his strong and energised vocals remained prominent throughout the event.

Concluding with an improvised cover of Killing in the Name (a cover of Rage against the Machine) sent the frenzied crowds into overdrive, it resulted in a truly unforgettable gig with every band giving it their all, and their all was more than enough.

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Review by Harry Curtis | @Harry_Curtis_

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