Having seen Doll & The Kicks three times last year I had an idea of what to expect when they returned to Manchester. Once again, the guys exceeded my expectations and put on one hell of a show. To describe them as energetic would be the understatement of the year. I really don’t know how they do it.
As soon as they hit the stage the atmosphere in the room shifted. I could tell we were in for something fantastic. As great as they were on that ill-fated night in Liverpool, they really do shine in smaller venues. They got off to a fantastic start and immediately had us all mesmerized.
The setlist had a good mix of material from their first release and some newer stuff. We were even treated to a song so new, that didn’t even have a title. They proved once again that they are at their best when performing live. The sheer amount of energy, charisma and stage presence these guys posses is unbelievable. They kicked the night off with ‘Fire’ which was more than enough to warm us up (sorry) and even manged to tug some heart strings with songs like ‘If You Care’ – a personal favorite.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Doll is one of the finest front-people in music. She gave it her all and, as per usual, blew us all away with her vocal ability. Her range never fails to astound me. As much as people herald female vocalists like Florence Welch, I think Doll champions them all.
Of course, we can’t forget about the rest of the band (as if I would). Chris, Matt and Olivier were all on top form and super tight throughout. The way almost every song merged into the next kept the energy up and the crowd moving. Now I know nothing of the technicalities behind playing music, so I can’t fully articulate how great Matt’s guitar playing was, how Olivier’s bass playing demanded movement and how Chris tied the whole thing together with the way he was drumming. What I can tell you is that, to my untrained ears this was good music. Each member of the band, complimented one another perfectly.
This was, without doubt, Doll & The Kicks at their very best. I’d go as far to say that this is the best I’ve seen them and I’m eagerly anticipating anything that these guys do. If you want to see talent, dedication and have a damn good time, don’t hesitate. Go and see Doll & The Kicks.
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