Comebacks, you say? Piece. Of. Piss.
It’s been quite a year for comebacks. Just look at [a]Duran Duran[/a], for example – less than a decade ago they were bloated laughing stocks that people would point towards and laugh at. Now they’re sainted pop overlords and every morning Simon Le Bon’s postman gives himself a hernia carrying sackloads of awards invites.
You sympathise, then, with [a]Lostprophets[/a]. Now on the verge of releasing their second LP, they’ve fluffed it by returning just as Fred Durst hamfistedly bludgeons Nu-Metal to the point where no amount of cultural revisionism will evelvate it beyond novelty fat blokes squawking like angry parrots.
All’s not lost, however, because tonight – even though they insist on keeping those dreadful ‘scratch solos’ in existence – [a]Lostprophets[/a] MK II positively rawk.
The old stuff still sounds great – particularly the anthemic ‘Fake Sound of Progress’ – but it’s the new songs that take centre stage tonight. ‘Make Your Move’ and ‘Say You Will’ sound sleeker, more melodic and smarter than anything before them; and don’t forget, [a]Lostprophets[/a] were never exactly cumbersome, tuneless and stupid, as a ferocious version of breakthrough single ‘Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja’ proves.
Whereas before [a]Lostprophets[/a] were content to wing it on pure adreneline, there’s a newly instilled purpose from a band aware that they can’t afford to be written off. Enter new single and set-closer ‘Burn Burn’, a huge, [a]Foo Fighters[/a]-shaped slab of stadium metal, admittedly pilfered from [url=]Seal’s (!) ‘Killer’ but none the worse for it. By the end, both support bands are onstage screaming, and frontman Ian Watkins is lost in the crowd. Comebacks, you say? Piece. Of. Piss.