Primal Scream unveil new songs at Teenage Cancer Trust gig – watch

Band play new single '2013' twice

Primal Scream opened and closed their Teenage Cancer Trust set at the Royal Albert Hall last night (Thursday March 21) with their new single ‘2013’, in between playing three other new songs as well as hits from across their career.

The band were introduced onstage by Noel Gallagher, curator of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust gig series, who said, “We’ve been trying to get this band for god knows how many years, they’ve been my friends for 20 years – truly one of the best bands ever to have come out of Britain.”

Singer Bobby Gillespie was in exuberant form for what he said was the first time the band had ever played the historic venue, encouraging the audience to “blow the roof off this place”. Later he introduced the band’s new bassist, Simone Butler, who appeared confident and well integrated with the band.

Of the new songs, ‘Relativity’ opened on softly stabbing keys before exploding into hammering beats and squalling guitar, before going into a waltz-time, organ-draped psych section. Gillespie dedicated ‘It’s Alright, It’s OK’, a bright and upbeat ‘Riot City Blues’-style track to “Kate”, featuring the lyric, “There’s a time to remember/A time to forget, a time to work out things you should have done”. ‘Culturecide’ leaned more to the ‘XTRMNTR’ era, a dark, heavy psychedelic funk number with a rapped vocal from Gillespie, a sax and a flute.

The band’s classic hits including ‘Come Together’, ‘Jailbird’ and ‘Rocks’ incited moshpits on the floor, while ‘Loaded’ still featured the “paying my taxes” refrain originally added as a jibe at U2 during Primal Scream’s 2011 Glastonbury set.

Primal Scream played:

‘Swastika Eyes’
‘Movin’ On Up’
‘Slip Inside This House’
‘It’s Alright, It’s OK’
‘Shoot Speed/Kill Light’
‘Come Together’
‘Country Girl’
‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have’