It was another cold wet night in London, just perfect to get cosy and surrounded by the warmth of strangers at a concert. The Pineapple Thief provided just the opportunity by having the final date of their 2018 tour at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, in what the band had previously described as their biggest ever show.
The first band on stage usually has the unfortunate pleasure of playing for a rather reduced and uninterested crowd, but when LizZard got on stage the venue was already close to capacity in the standing area and loud cheers could be heard the moment the lights went out. LizZard were a great fit for the support slot of The Pineapple Thief tour, and a lot of people in the crowd were already familiar with their music. They are one of those bands that still transpire a sense of humbleness even after becoming fairly well known, and one of the things I love about them is how much they seem to enjoy playing their music live. Throughout their set it was common to see the band smiling and enjoying themselves, a feeling that got replicated in the audience. After having seen them in a much smaller venue, and although I enjoyed every second of their show, I can’t help but feel that they are a band that puts on a better show when they are closer together on the stage and you can see them feeding off the energy of each other.
The moment that The Pineapple Thief came on stage loud cheers and applause were heard. Between soft calm songs and other more catchier songs, the band’s singer and guitarist Bruce Soord kept alternating between guitars to match their mood. Despite the size of the venue the band managed to create the atmosphere of an intimate concert and without saying much, connect with the audience. For the over one hour and a half of the performance, they put on a flawless performance where every single note fell perfectly into place like a studio record, something that not a lot of bands can pull off. This was the last date of the 2018 tour, and a celebratory pint was had right on stage before the last song preceding the encore. The encore started with “Not Naming Any Names”, the opening track of the new album Dissolution, and after this piano and vocals only song the concert ended on a high note with the songs “The Final Thing On My Mind” and “Snowdrops”, where the crowd got to do the clapping rhythm part of the track.
If you missed The Pineapple Thief on this tour, you will still have a chance to catch them next year.