*Published with Broken Arrow Mag *
2018 is already quite the landmark of a year for Bedford-bred alt-rockers Don Broco. Having been ten years since forming, they also celebrate the release of their third full-length record ‘Technology’. Released February 2nd 2018, the album features previously released tracks ‘Everybody’, ‘Pretty’ and ‘T Shirt Song’, alongside many other incredibly catchy and energetic tracks.
To coincide with the album’s release, Don Broco kicked off their eleven nights across the UK in Portsmouth following a succession of special acoustic shows and signings. Known for their incredible poise and vigour when on stage, the quartet did not disappoint for their second night on tour. They take to the stage at their sold-out show at Bristol’s o2 with pride; ready and excited for another cracking show.
They open with the punchy ‘Pretty’, a track with plenty of fire on and off stage and clearly a solid choice to get the audience energised. From the get go, frontman Rob Damiani is already encouraging giant circle pits in the midst of the packed-out room, supported by the very suitable red atmosphere. The energy both on stage and in the audience is incredibly high and they continue this through the toe-tapping fan favourite ‘Everybody’.
The set is incredibly varied and demonstrates the unique talents Don Broco have offered over the course of their three albums: full-length debut ‘Priorities’, 2015 ‘Automatic’ and ‘Technology’. Despite only performing one track from their debut, this tour truly shows off how far they’ve come since the days of ‘Priorities’; they are in their element on stage and it is clear that fans are keen with the direction they have taken.
They continue to jump around the stage through their bouncy glam-rock tracks taken from ‘Automatic’, including the vibrant title track and piercing ‘Superlove’. Each track they delve into has incredibly distinct introductions and there is a chain of cheers in response within seconds of every bold tune they throw at the crowd.
Later in the set, they throw in a little something different; taken from a Radio 1 session with Annie Mac. Their mash up of N.E.R.D’s ‘Rock Star’ and Linkin Park’s ‘Points of Authority’ brings a whole new vibe to their set. The fused track is a tribute to their own inspiration for their music, implemented with splendour and justice to the originals.
They return back to the stage for their encore, setting off with one of their latest singles ‘Come Out to LA’; a tune that sees drummer Matt Donnelly take the spotlight on the lead vocals. With the full band back on stage, the energy is still incredibly high, even when the hour and a half set is rounding off to a close. They have come so far since they first graced this stage supporting Billy Talent many years ago; they now dominate the stage on their own headline show.
These guys are most likely feeling on top of the world right now and for very understandable reasons. Their record has been going down a storm and they have plenty more to give in their following tour dates. Let’s be honest, whether these guys are your cup of tea or not, it is undeniable that they know how to completely take control of every room they’re in; and tonight is no exception. This night is one for the books for Don Broco, not only being the day they find out their third album is the first to make it as a Top 5 record, but also as a night that great memories were formed.