If you’ve ever been to see The Prodigy live you know just how energetic and adrenaline-inducing their music is in a live setting, you look around you and you see people losing their minds all over the place, jumping around and enjoying themselves, making their concerts one of the top live music experiences you can have.
It was just a few years ago that fellow English band Does It Offend You, Yeah made an exciting debut with their first full-length You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into and were pretty much the closest thing to The Prodigy that we have heard in quite some time. That same energetic and adrenaline inducing feeling was attached to DOIYY’s music as soon as the first single hit it big - “We Are Rockstars” let loose with an electronic hard-rock feel that made people lose their minds at gigs around the world. This type of sound was done so well that DOIYY sound actually influenced The Prodigy’s 2008 LP Invaders Must Die - such a rare feat for a relatively new band, to influence a legendary band such as The Prodigy.
With their latest album, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You, being undoubtedly one of the best releases this year DOIYY’s fan base has grown at a very rapid pace and their spot at this year’s Splendour In The Grass came highly anticipated - so it made sense that this sideshow at the Metro Theatre was jam packed full of intensely insane fans ready to lose their proverbial shit to every track.
On entry, Purple Sneakers DJ’s were putting on quite a show, even bringing in some epic lighting, making for the kind of set I’ve never seen them play before. Standing apart from the expected party DJ set, the hour or so of up-to-date party tunes and gorgeous lighting effects commanded that everyone dance and get in the mood for the headliners. Hits like Foster The People’s brilliant “Helena Beat” and classics like DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince’s “Boom! Shake The Room” packed the dance floor and set the pace for an insanely fun night.
Curtains closed to build up anticipation for DOIYY as random slow-clapping and loud cheering rang throughout the Metro. What seemed like a long wait finally came to a conclusion with a flashing white light, almost blinding everyone in attendance - curtains slowly opened as the stage was engulfed in constant flashes and alternating colours - it was clear that the band were hoping to put on an unforgettable live show.
Not content on being upstaged by the visuals, DOIYY immediately cued Paul Heyman’s infamous ECW speech from their PPV “Barely Legal,” the same speech that serves as the intro to their monstrous “The Wrestler” from the latest LP. As expected, the WHOLE floor turned into one gigantic mosh pit (it being so wide-spread is a bit rare at the Metro) as James Rushent’s occasional shouts egged us all on.
Why stop there? The boys immediately segued into one of their finest tracks “With A Heavy Heart (I Regret To Inform You)” and needless to say the intense energy on display from both the band and the fans turned up a notch. From then DOIYY didn’t stop the energetic tracks, clearly wanting us to get all our energy out into the open before things slowed down a bit with a nice acoustic sing-a-long via “Dawn of the Dead,” it’s impact on the crowd proving it to be their most-loved song.
The boys obviously preferred us to be jumping around compared to swaying back and forth because the synth-heavy dance-rock energy picked right back up, ending briefly with the close of the main set with the anthemic electro jam “We Are Rockstars.” Though we didn’t wait to long as DOIYY rushed back out and gave us a few more songs before ending the night with the chaotic “The Monkeys Are Coming.”
There was absolutely nothing wrong with Does It Offend You, Yeah’s performance, but the night as a whole was one potentially fun romp, ruined by 15 or so bogans. Why? Because these self-important lame wankers decided to start an unwelcome circle pit, and what did we do? We all gave them heaps of space, because you know, they paid a lot more than the regular price and deserve to try and prove their (pseudo) masculinity to all the unimpressed females watching sweaty, shirtless boys launch themselves into each other - at the sake of everyone else having fun.
Now I’m all for losing one’s shit and jumping around frantically, bumping into people but then occasionally apologising, because they don’t deserve to suffer your unco-ordination - it’s fun, it’s what a mosh pit is, and it usually encourages the band to keep doing what they’re doing. However, being constantly on guard at the front, torn between jumping around excitedly, and keeping watch on the circle pit so you don’t have some dickhead launch into you, forcing you to have to push him back out into the circle - having that ruin your night is extremely agitating.
Maybe I’m a “boring pussy” because I like just straight moshing and not acting like an obnoxious idiot who puts their own idea of fun miles ahead of everyone elses enjoyment of a concert; or maybe there needs to be a counter-trend, there needs to be more people who just don’t give these idiots space when they start launching into each other - if we just ignore them and work together to not create a circle for these idiots then maybe they will just give up on acting like dickheads. Think about it. Next time you’re at a non-metal concert and one of these lame circle pits start, don’t give them room, it may not work initially but if everyone ignores these lames, they will go away.
Those people will probably just go home and start planking or create a lame facebook group about a grandma who overuses the "C word" (or some other trendy facebook group/waste of time) anyway - everyone wins!