Levellers, Olympia Theatre
I will gladly put my head on the block by saying that no band inspires
such devotion and loyalty as The Levellers. Undoubtedly I will be
opening myself up to criticism and mockery, but anyone who was at the
gig in the Olympia will surely agree with me.
The latest offering from the Levellers, "Mouth to Mouth" was somewhat of
a departure from their trademark fiddle-strewn, politically aggrieved
anthems to a more, dare I use the word, mainstream album and even the
most hardened Leveller fan could be forgiven for wondering if the band
could carry the same energy and excitement to the live stage.
Fortunately our fears were allayed as the Levs were on blistering form,
right from the opener "The Game", to their latest song "Just The One".
The excitement the band show on stage quickly manifested into the crowd
as we were treated to songs from all their albums - "Sell Out", "Carry
Me", "Far From Home", "Dirty Davey" and "Hope Street".
Most of the set included songs from their new album and these equally
excited the crowd as much as their classics, with "Far Away",
"Chemically Free", and "Beautiful Day" deserving a mention.
The reaction of the crowd was electric with some of the fans committing
the gross crime of having fun only to be dragged out by the ever ready
security. This of course prompted a reaction from the Lev's who were
visably pissed off by the behaviour of the professional staff "It seems
it's wrong to have fun" said Mak Chadwick.
If the security were not pleased by this statement, then I reckon they
were even more pissed off when Simon Friend, in the middle of "Elation",
stopped singing to voice his anger at one of the security men who was
dragging a fan out of the crowd. "It's hard to fucking concentrate when
you have a baldy twat walking in front of you".
Luckily the testosterone level of the security drpped sufficiently to
allow the crowd enjoy the gig without fear of being thrown out and even
a stage invader survived not being turfed out onto the street. This was
after all the Levellers, not the Kelly Family.
However, the gig was, in plain and simple terms, absolutely brilliant.