The Chemical Brothers Live
The dance duo rock Brixton Academy with Simian Mobile Disco in support
Its obvious The Chemical Brothers have been around a while from the look of the crowd at this homecoming' show in South London.
Its a mix of old-school ravers- more familiar with late 90s albums Surrender and Dig Your Own Hole- and pretty young things who know colossal opener Galvanise and recent single Do It Again.
Whatever Chems period theyre familiar with the audience is ready to dance. And with their usual mix of bleeps, beats, sirens and euphoric breakdowns Ed and Tom do the job.
The stage is backed by a large transparent screen- which looks a lot better inside than at the summer festivals- showing all manner of clowns, creatures, eyes, buildings and abstract shapes.
Lasers-a-plenty arrive for key moments including Hey Boy Hey Girl as the duo play behind their massive bank of samplers, synthesisers, computers and keys.
A snatch of The Acid Test- the classic Come With Us finale featuring Richard Ashcroft- is a treat along with a devastating version of The Golden Path featuring Wayne Coyne and of course Out Of Control.
From their recent album We Are The Night- All Rights Reserved with Klaxons on vocals and Saturate sound great. Encore Block Rockin Beats (were 'bout ready to rock steady) is more than welcome.
The softer moments are sweet but still colossal- Star Guitar is perfect and closer The Sunshine Underground is still an incredible track. Thank god the Brothers are still around.
Simian Mobile Disco resemble the headliners with their heavy house sound, geeky looks, and live style. James Ford- producer for Arctic Monkeys and Klaxons- and his partner in electro James Shaw knob twiddle in front of a lighting assault for the Brixton crowd.
Without projections and with less equipment to play on they still create an almighty sound with tracks like Hustler taken from their debut album Attack Release Sustain Delay.