Review: The Stranglers at Rock City, Nottingham

The Stranglers. Credit: Warren Meadows.
The Stranglers. Credit: Warren Meadows.

Iconic punk band The Stranglers step into the hue of the Rock City spotlight, taking in the view of the near-full Nottingham crowd.

The band are riding on the crest of a resurgent wave of popularity, touring and playing a selection – from their expansive repertoire – of classic hits stemming from the late Seventies.

“This is the biggest crowd we’ve ever had here – and it’s a Monday night,” exclaims frontman Baz Warne.

Many middle-aged fans are sporting Stranglers T-shirts, but it comes as a pleasant surprise that a healthy proportion of the audience are in their 20s.

The appreciation for the band is salient from the off as the outfit walk on stage to the sound of Waltzinblack, before launching into The Raven – which elicits a cracking response.

The performance is lively, punchy and sweaty – and, as you might expect, the band’s best-known hits Golden Brown, Peaches and Hanging Around are greeted by rapturous applause.

The band were always more musical and melodic than many of their politically-orientated, punk contemporaries, The Doors and Velvet Underground to name but two, and Always the Sun enshrines this and is a standout favourite.

The Stranglers duly return for the encore and see out the set with No More Heroes before bidding farewell.

Good music always stands the test of time.

 

Jamie Barlow.

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