Brody Dalle // Live Review

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Brody Dalle’s return to the UK hasn’t gone unnoticed that’s for sure and playing three sold out dates in London, in the lead up to her solo album Diploid Love, the queen of punk showed us why she’s still as relevant as ever…

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen – 24 February: Tonight marks Brody Dalle’s first show in the UK as a solo artist and after being away from the music scene for five years, you could say there’s a lot riding on this performance. “Where are my fucking yellow socks?” Dalle demands on a number of occasions. So it seems the show is already off to a strange start, but we don’t care, we’re just happy to be there. It also quickly becomes apparent that tonight is really a celebration for her fans, as she flies through old Distiller’s classics ‘Sick of It All’ and ‘Dismantle Me’. Dalle’s vocal screams are one of a kind, with the star later loosening up to dance and fall into the crowd, reminding us just how much we’ve missed her.

Electric Ballroom – 24 April: Her second show is a different story altogether, as the feisty front woman is now all warmed up and raring to go, giving the crowd a full preview of her new material. Opening with ‘Rat Race’, followed by ‘Don’t Mess With Me’, Dalle is quick to establish her matured sound, which sets the tone for the rest of the set, as fast-paced, heavy and upbeat. And again it’s that raspy vocal tone, which has ripened with age, that reassures us that Dalle is back on form, true brilliant form.

Rough Trade East – 27 April: Dalle’s third London date is an intimate in-store performance at Rough Trade East, treating 100 lucky fans to an up-close and personal set. The star plays a short but sweet five-song set including the epic single ‘Meet the Foetus/Oh The Joy’ and darker track ‘Parties for Prostitutes’. Having been fairly guarded and hesitant to speak at previous performances, tonight she’s chatty and thanks fans for their ongoing support.

At each London show Dalle has proved that her matured sound and hardworking attitude have really leveraged her to the next level in musicality, finally breaking free from her punk constrains and welcoming a return to form from a true icon.

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Buy: Brody Dalle – Diploid Love