Gig Review: The Penelopes, Norwich UEA 11/12/12

12 Dec

The Penelopes Live

They say you should never meet your heroes but that’s something The Penelopes clearly don’t subscribe to as they have spent the last three weeks in close proximity to theirs. The Human League’s UK tour is coming to an end this evening and for the two kids who grew up outside Paris listening to Phil, Susan and Joanne, supporting them has represented a dream come true. Not that it has left them in anyway overawed.

From the off it is clear that confidence is not an issue for the band, or singer Axel in particular. It is quite possible that Almost Famous has been on repeat on the tour bus as he kneels to the side of stage, directly engaging those at the front while he sings. “I look for the guy who isn’t getting off, and I make him get off” indeed. Looking eminently stylish in his suit jacket over a basketball vest combo topped off with aviators and a giant hair band, he sweeps across the stage like it is his own, air kicking at will and flexing the mic stand above his head.

The tracks are incessantly energetic; bounding along with the kind of dexterity that, alas, the majority of this Norwich crowd has long since forgotten was possible. Laura’s assertion that “The Sweet Song” will make them want to jump up and dance falls on deaf ears and replaced hips, despite it sounding massive.

The show is coming to an end and so is the tour. Thank you’s are said and the finale of “Now Now Now” begins. To the side of the stage Axel is crouched down where he started, engaging the crowd in his own indomitable and entertaining, Cantona-esque even, fashion.

It is a headline worthy performance from The Penelopes and one that is surely destined to be oft repeated at the top of their own bill in the near future.

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One Response to “Gig Review: The Penelopes, Norwich UEA 11/12/12”

  1. name not supplied December 29, 2012 at 20:38 #

    The HUman League have nothing on the way this guy performs!

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