Alien Ant Farm

Rock City Nottingham.

As I sit down to write this, the world is still coming to terms with two significant losses within the music industry. First it was Lemmy of Motorhead who lost his battle with cancer on the 28.12.15 and now David Bowie, who’s also lost an 18 month battle with cancer, which ended today 11.01.16. RIP guys, you leave us with a legacy that will live on forever. Thank you for the music!

As Christmas is over for another year, I thought I’d go and see a band I have fond memories of from my university days, back in 2001. Alien Ant Farm exploded onto the scene with a fantastic album called Anthology, admittedly I only like two tracks off that album, those being ‘Movies’ and their cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’, but hey, it got me out of the house and blew away those Christmas blues, that’s for sure.

In support tonight, we had two great acts, the first of which are a band I’ve seen cropping up at many high profile gigs of late and appear to be making a real impact wherever they play. They go by the name ‘The Dirty Youth’ A female fronted rock/pop band from South Wales. The first I heard of this band was when they supported the mighty Skindred last Halloween, in Cardiff. I then saw them appear on the line up for the Winter Rocks all dayer, so naturally I’ve been looking forward to seeing them play live for myself and tonight I was in luck!

Freddie Green - The Dirty Youth.

Having recently released their fantastic new album ‘Gold Dust’ I can only assume it’s this, that’s managed to get them such great support slots? I’m yet to hear it in its entirety but on the strength of tonight’s performance, I will certainly be giving it a listen as they certainly deliver the goods, as far as their live performance goes. Danni, the bands female vocalist was dressed for the occasion tonight in her glittery silver cat suit, complete with cape and she looked a million dollars.

The Dirty Youth

As I went along the stage photographing the band, I got a bit of a surprise when I got to the bands guitarist, Luke, when he blew me a kiss…. I was shocked, to say the least as it’s the first time that’s happened but not wanting to be rude I blew him a kiss back! hahaha! The crowd lapped up The Dirty Youth’s set tonight and I loved it too!

Next up were a band called InMe, who have been around for many years but are a band I’ve never seen live before either. The band have released a total of five studio albums to date, the last of which ‘The Pride’ was released in 2012 and was the result of a successful Pledge campaign. Although these guys have toured the world extensively in their career, Dave, the bands vocalist and guitarist stated that they haven’t played Rock City in some ten years! It was nice to have them back in Nottingham again and they to enjoy their time on stage at Rock City too.

Dave McPherson - InMe

Although I’m unfamiliar with this band, those in the crowd certainly knew who these guys were and the audience went mad for this lot and if a crowd act as crazy as they did for this band, it’s usually a good indicator that they are popular and much loved. What I saw was definitley entertaining and I enjoyed watching their entire set. However, I wont be rushing out to buy their back catalogue but I will most certainly be doing some research on Spotify to discover the tracks that I really liked tonight!

Gazz Marlow - InMe

Here at music224, we love our music and I’ve personally been a fan of all types of music over the years. Some people are happy to stick with listening to one genre their entire lives whereas I feel variety is the spice of life, so I regularly flick between genres as frequently as skipping to the next track on Spotify! As I’ve got older, my tastes have got heavier but back in my younger and more foolish days at University, tonight’s headlining act were all the rage, along with bands like Blink 182, Greenday, System of a Down and Offspring etc. The opportunity to see Alien Ant Farm doesn’t come around all that often, so when this tour was announced, I was well up for a trip down memory lane. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing and helps to reignite memories long forgotten, isn’t it funny how music can do that to you?

Dryden Mitchell - Alien Ant Farm

Tonight’s show was originally booked for the Rescue Rooms but as more tickets were sold than expected, it was thankfully upgraded to play the much larger capacity venue that is the legendary Rock City, which I imagine the band must have been pleased to hear and see. I sensed their excitement on stage as the band genuinely seemed overwhelmed at tonight’s support for them. As their set went on, they played up to the cameras, giving us some great shots that looked fun and helped me to show you how much fun tonight really was and I just wish all bands did this. I strongly believe bands should be given lessons on how to act in front of a camera – if they appear to be having fun, the chances are that they are having fun and it will make people want to go and see them, am I right?

Terry Corso - Alien Ant Farm

Although the band have a new album out, titled ‘Always And Forever’, which is a play on the bands name (AAF), tonight’s set was solely dedicated to their most famous album “Anthology” which they performed from start to finish and in track order. As stated earlier, I love two tracks off this album, but that matters not as although the crowd and I sang our hearts out to those particular tracks, the gig was so much fun throughout that both myself and the crowd loved the entire set. I felt 21 again and that was a long time ago, so thanks guys and I hope that everyone else who goes to see one of the other shows on this tour, loves it as much as we here at Nottingham did!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)