Live: Palladium + Alphabeat @ Oxford Carling Academy Zodiac 28th January 2008

By on Tuesday, 29th January 2008 at 12:08 am
 

Palladium @ Oxford Academy ZodiacSometimes when you go and see a band you have the mis/fortune of seeing a support act who are actually just as good as the band you’ve paid out to see – tonight at Oxford’s Carling Academy was just that, when Alphabeat eclipsed Palladium‘s headlining set.

My first night back at the Carling Academy since its costly refurb, I was impressed at just how nice it had turned out – no more whiffs of the loo if you’re near the front of the stage. Still, the nicer surroundings didn’t help the first band up sound any better, The Anydays. Sounding like a reasonably competent Battle of the Bands winner, they were reasonably strong, however had a sensation of going through the motions, and frankly, not that memorable.

Next up were a band I’d been waiting to see for a considerable length of time, Alphabeat. The Danes who I profiled at the weekend didn’t disappoint, putting in a fine showing, even though the crowd was rather meagre. Performing as if their lives depended on it, what they lacked in words they more than made up for with their enthusiasm. Rattling through the majority of their self-titled debut album, they managed to get everyone humming along, even the drunk guy behind me conceeded at the end that “they’re pretty f***ing good”. Indeed they were Rory, indeed they were.

Finally came the big moment, Palladium. I’d previously seen them support the Thrills last summer, and had a series of brilliant songs, which still are brilliant. However, the rest of their album material does sound very much like filler to go between such pop-greats as “High 5”, “Happy Hour” and “White Woman”. Peter Pepper was distinctly untalkative, and the rest of the band seemed a bit hurt at the low attendance, but if we’re honest, it’s a Monday night in January – is it really going to be packed? Ending with a new song wasn’t their brightest idea, instead penultimate “Happy Hour” was my personal highlight, and one that almost got the whole crowd going. Well, some people take some warming up, others were so drunk they danced all the way through.

They’re certainly ones to watch, but after tonight Alphabeat are a better bet for me.

After the jump: More photos.

Alphabeat

Above: Alphabeat supporting Palladium @ Oxford Academy Zodiac

Alphabeat

Above: Alphabeat supporting Palladium @ Oxford Academy Zodiac

Palladium @ Oxford Academy Zodiac

Above: Palladium @ Oxford Academy Zodiac

Palladium @ Oxford Academy Zodiac

Above: Palladium @ Oxford Academy Zodiac

Palladium @ Oxford Academy Zodiac

Above: Palladium @ Oxford Academy Zodiac

Palladium @ Oxford Academy Zodiac

Above: Palladium @ Oxford Academy Zodiac

Palladium @ Oxford Academy Zodiac

Above: Palladium @ Oxford Academy Zodiac

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2 Responses

1:37 pm
7th February 2008

Yeah – agree with Alphabeat upstaging Palladium, who were pretty dull.
Anydays also good. Gotta say the venue lacks charm..anyone remeber the Zodiac?

2:43 pm
19th February 2008

if yuo want a crowd to like you..don’t keep em waiting!

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