By Kirsty Fraser
Entering the stage bathed in a red glow from the impressive light display, pretty-faced Bedford four-piece Don Broco kicked things off in Glasgow with energy abounding.
The largely teen crowd were already raring to go before the first beat had even dropped, so when the guitar licks finally commenced to opening song You Wanna Know, the synchronized bouncing from the crowd made it apparent that it was going to be one of those nights.
There was no let-up early on as the band rattled through songs such as Whole Truth and Dreamboy – with the latter giving the crowd their first mosh pit opportunity of the night.
Barely missing a beat, frontman Rob Damiani only took breath long enough to say the odd ‘bounce’ or ‘go mental’, until eventually he let up and offered thanks to everyone for making it through the crazy Scottish weather to get there.
Back In The Day reinforced the Don Broco mantra of heavy riffs and catchy hooks with a big slice of audience participation thrown in, but it wasn’t until midway through the set that the real audience involvement would occur…
Thug workout sounded epic and rallied members of support bands Lonely The Brave and Bad Rabbits out into the crowd to play a spot of badminton – no joke. Damiani, in his distinctive English drawl, asked the crowd to part in the middle in order to accommodate such madness, and it was their own brand of crazy to own. This segue was followed by a wall of death between both sides of the ABC crowd – support bands still included – and was a welcome detour from the opening half of the set.
It was hard not to get swept up in the wave of appreciation for these guys as they ploughed through their set list with bravado and aplomb, songs like Yeah Man and Top of the World only proving that there was plenty of ammunition left over.
The encore was dropped in favour of the band staying put in order to get through as much as possible. Actors was punchy and vibrant, but it was Hold On – with its Lounge Version Intro – which was most effective, offering the crowd a proper chance to sing along.
The night was wrapped up in style with album title track, Priorities. Expect Don Broco to be playing bigger venues in the not too distant future.