The day has come! On the back of their compelling yet bleak new album The Blue Hour, the last of their post comeback trilogy, Suede have hit the road. After selling out their gig the night before they added an extra date and I could see why, the Apollo was absolutely rammed. The nights support came in the shape of The Horrors, an English Indie Rock group formed in 2005. With foppish haircuts and razor sharp cheekbones, they put on a perfunctory if slightly unremarkable show of raucous, New Wave inspired Garage Rock.
Out came Suede – initally cloaked by a thin, shadow covered sheet – who treated us to a set which merrily switched between new and old material, starting out with the moody Blue Hour number ‘As One’, Coming Up’s ‘She’ then back to the fist pumping Night Thoughts anthem ‘Outsiders’. They even gave ‘I Don’t Know How to Reach You’ from said album a blast, which pleased me no end. Fans of their new record were well catered for – the exultant ‘Cold Hands’ and the emotional punch of ‘The Invisibles’ went down a treat. Hell even ‘Roadkill’, the bizarre spoken word piece about a dead bird, got an airing.
The whole band were on top form, Brett Anderson in particular was a bundle of energy in an increasingly sweat drenched shirt. His one moment of calm came when the spotlight hit him and he did an acoustic version of the Bowie like number ‘The Power’. The oldies were not ignored, with ‘So Young’, ‘Animal Nitrate’, ‘Trash’ and ‘Filmstar’ all enthusiastically received by the hot and sweaty masses. ‘Filmstar’ is still stuck in my head, for once an earworm I will not complain about. Rather summing up their set the encore was both old and new, the classic ‘Beautiful Ones’ and the uplifting newbie ‘Life is Golden’.
Despite 25 years having passed since Suede’s debut, Saturday’s performance proved that they are as vital as ever.