Review: Moose Blood take their emo rock to London’s Roundhouse

In a stellar performance, the Canterbury rockers played us their new record. 

Just over a day after the release of their third studio album I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore, Canterbury emo rockers Moose Blood played London’s iconic Roundhouse.

About I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore lead guitarist Mark Osborne notes “There’s almost a circularity to this album when placed next to our first two. The first is full of songs written by enthusiastic, excited kids who just wanted to get their music out there. Blush was more about struggling with some of what came along with that change of lifestyle and I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore is really us trying to work through some of what has happened in our lives as a result of doing this band full time. We’ve put everything into this album. We always write like it might be the last album that we ever get to make and we’ve challenged ourselves in every way we could on these songs.”

The band’s seven date tour kicked off in Nottingham and their London show crowned the whole run. They kick off their Roundhouse set with the first single off their latest record. Talk In Your Sleep was teased in late November last year with Moose Blood sharing the sheet music for the track before its release so fans could record their own interpretations. The venue is flooded in blue light and with the first riff of Talk In Your Sleep the crowd goes into a pop-punk frenzy that doesn’t end until the last flake of confetti has fallen to the ground. Throughout the show, the lighting flows from white to pink to blue, and for the attentive eye it’s a flow through each album respectively.

The other thing that seems never-ending on this evening is the commitment of the crowd to shout their heart out to every single song and lyric, but especially for fan favorites like Honey or Knuckles. But the new tracks are also met with adoration and appreciation as they mark the next step in this band’s development and, in fact, growing up. Have I Told You Enough is one of those “growing up” tracks. “The song is about my relationship with my little one,” singer Eddy Brewerton has said about the song, “She is getting older now and is finding me being away for months at a time harder than she did before. I just wanted to write a song that she could always listen to and know that she is everything to me.”

Can We Stay Like This makes its live debut tonight, the song is dedicated to Brewerton’s wife – a beautiful and honest love song that just bursts with positive vibes of finally having found the one. But what’s more, it’s also one of the catchiest tracks on II Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore and this show proved it will sure grow to be a fan favorite.

The venue explodes as Knuckles’ first notes blast through the speakers and its riot of a chorus turns the Roundhouse into a sea of jumping, singing, happy fans. And almost as if to give everyone a moment to breathe before their trip home on a very cold and snowy Saturday night, the band finish with It’s Too Much, taken from their newest record.

Drowning the crowd in a mountain of blue and white confetti, Moose Blood deliver once again what they do best: emo live shows that if you look close enough carry a wonderful thread throughout the entire set.

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