The Rakes play biggest gig to date

Londoners finish tour with massive homecoming show

The Rakes celebrated the end of their UK tour with a gig at their native London‘s Brixton Carling Academy this weekend (March 31).

At the group’s biggest headlining gig to date the sell-out crowd was treated to 90 minutes of the band’s trademark angular post-punk.

The set contained hits from both The Rakes’ albums – 2005’s ‘Capture/Release’ and new effort ‘Ten New Messages’.


There was also a rare outing for ‘Strasbourg’ B-side ‘Ausland Mission’, which went down a storm with the clearly knowledgeable crowd. They were also joined onstage for ‘Suspicious Eyes’ by grime rapper Raxstar, who also appears on the ‘Ten New Messages’ version.

Backstage after the gig, bassist Jamie Hornsmith told NME.COM : “We’ve played to big crowds at festivals, but when it’s all for you it’s amazing.

“It’s been a great tour and the reaction to the new stuff’s been sensational. We’ve got a couple of weeks off then we’re off to France and Germany next. Then it’s back for the festival season. We can’t wait.”

The setlist looked like this:




‘We Danced Together’

‘We Are All Animals’

‘Down With Moonlight’

‘When Tom Cruise Cries’

‘Binary Love’

‘All Too Human’

’22 Grand Job’

‘Suspicious Eyes’


‘Ausland Mission’


‘Little Superstitions’

‘Open Book’

‘Work, Work, Work (Pub, Club, Sleep)’

‘The World Was A Mess But His Hair Was Perfect’

Support came from We Start Fires and The Holloways.