Three years and one new album later, Arcade Fire return to Manchester having officially graduated to stadium band status. Known for their raw and frantic live shows, it’s no wonder there’s an air of excitement circulating the cavernous Manchester Central.
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It’s a gloomy Monday evening in Manchester, but amid the rain and wind comes the melodic sounds of Mountain Man, a trio of folk singing sirens hailing from Vermont beckoning all in ear shot into the dark Academy one building. A woodland backdrop of twisted trees and tangled branches sets the scene perfectly as they lure a large crowd to await the main act – Iceland’s most prolific export besides temperamental volcanoes, Jónsi.
As Jonathan ‘Yoni’ Wolf, front man for Californian indie hip-hop-rock band WHY? flexes and stretches on stage, an enthralled crowd eagerly await his next unusual dance move. He’s been busting them out regularly throughout their set at Heaven, a small London club, complete with leaky pipes running overhead and not enough fresh air to go around. The packed crowd barely seems to notice though; all eyes are glued to the small stage containing the geeky looking five-piece and their vast collection of instruments and music makers.
“I’m on fire, and now I think I’m ready to bust a move!” screams, not Motion City Soundtrack front man Justin Pierre as you might of expected, but the four hundred strong crowd at Manchester’s Academy 2. They’ve patiently waited three long years for the return of the Minnesota pop punk band and it really shows.
Sitting down with Ska-punk rockers Reel Big Fish at the Manchester Academy date of their 2010 tour, it suddenly becomes hard to find the best starting point for our conversation. With a career spanning almost 20 years, the band has endured quite a lot, but through personal problems and numerous line up changes one thing has always remained the same: the fans.