Don Broco will be locking themselves away soon to write and record their new album, but there is no way that they would go into a tour hibernation without some final parties. The Birthday Party tour has seen the band play a multitude of smaller venues across the UK throughout December, including tonight’s venue, KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton.
Opener Gumshield soon riled the audience up into a hot and sweaty mess, and while many fans head-banged, it was clear that front man Rob Damiani had already gone in too heavily on an earlier leg of the tour as he donned a neck brace and explained that his physio had told him not to perform due to the injury, but he had said no.
Regardless of his neck injury, there was still an excited twinkle in Rob’s eye as he danced across the stage frantically and belted out Manchester Super Red’s No. 1 Fan. He was backed up by riffs, jumps and kicks from guitarist Si Delaney, while bassist Tom Doyle and drummer Matt Donnelly provided pulsating grooves and beats, like a heartbeat throughout the night.
The genre-spanning band have been releasing material for more than 11 years, so it only seemed right that they performed a mixed set of both new and old songs alike. Rob embraced his inner-geek by donning a Mario hat that was thrown to him from the audience during Pretty, and old favourites Fancy Dress and Superlove soon had everyone singing along. Perhaps the biggest singalong came during Bruce Willis, as vigorous shouts of “Yippee-ki-yay, motherf***er!’ echoed around the industrial surroundings of KK’s Steel Mill.
One of the strangest moments came shortly before their performance of Birthday Party, as the band crowd-surfed a Caterpillar cake through the venue to Jasmin, a member of the audience who was celebrating her birthday. Shockingly, the cake remained surprisingly intact, so it was one hell of a careful crowd-surf.
Returning to the stage for an encore of Fingernails followed by T-Shirt Song, it was an uplifting end to the evening, as many audience members let out enthusiastic cheers and swung their T-Shirts around their heads. It may be bittersweet that Don Broco won’t be touring again for a while, but I look forward to seeing what their next album and tour brings.