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Live Review: The Movielife/Gnarwolves/Apologies I Have None – Manchester Academy 2 20/6/15

The Movielife/Gnarwolves/Apologies I Have None – Manchester Academy 2 20/6/15

Reviewer: Matt Dickinson

One of the most influential bands on the pop-punk/emo genre, The Movielife have decided to come back from the dead and put on some shows. For me this was an absolute must see gig, and it fell around my birthday – a cracking treat! I have to be honest I just missed out on The Movielife first time around, however this was something that I wasn’t going to let happen this time so jumped at the chance.

Opening things up were London’s Apologies I Have None, who didn’t really have a huge crowd to play to yet still gave a storming performance. Playing tracks off their latest EP they sounded big, and with it being a while since I’d caught them, I was impressed at how tight they’ve become live, with ‘Vicky Park’ and ‘The 26’ sounding particularly awesome live – definitely worth seeing if you get the chance – with a new album to come they could be about to get a well earned break through!

Next up were Gnarwolves – a band that I’d heard plenty about, given plenty of plays but never actually got to see. By this point things had started to fill out, and it’s understandable why – as a warm up act these boys bring the party. Ripping through a set that featured some absolute belters like ‘Party Jams’; ‘Melody Has Big Plans’ and ‘History Is Bunk’ the crowd were hyped from the start. High point was definitely ‘Smoking Kills’ for me, and I’d definitely catch them again when they’re in these parts.

After them, it was the main act – a band I thought I’d never see live, The Movielife. To say the crowd was hyped for it is an understatement, it’s been a long time coming and to have the privilege of being on their first UK tour back together was definitely a great feeling.

Kicking things off with ‘Face Or Kneecaps’ they came out of the blocks fast and never seemed like relenting. Ripping through an 18 song set, there was a lot of material, a lot of sing alongs and a lot of love back at the band. Classics like ‘Hand Grenade’, ‘Walking On Glass’ and ‘Pinky Swear’ got the crowd singing every word back, and it was like the band had never been away. With an encore of ‘Operate’, ‘Ship To Shore’ and ‘Jamestown'(clearly my high point in the night) they left a lasting impression. All we have to hope is that they come back again soon – and maybe they should get a new record together?

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