#BrocoatKoko Don Broco gig at Koko – 18/3/13

After forming in 2008, Don Broco have risen from the ‘Ones to watch’ to headlining their very own UK sold out Tour.

The crowd at the gig really hyped up
The crowd at the gig really hyped up

‘The Priorities Tour’ marks the release of their debut album ‘Priorities’ and due to popular demand, the quartet added an additional leg to the tour, Camden’s one and only Koko.

As their biggest tour yet, Don Broco have only high expectations going for them. Their music genre is frequently described as rock with a melodic edge; in my opinion Broco are more pop rock. Made up of Rob Damiani (vocals), Simon Delaney (guitar), Matt Donnelly (drums) and more recent addition to the band, Tom Doyle (bass) Broco were set to blow Koko’s roof off. Accompanied by rockers, Decade and Pure Love the show was set for music madness and escapades.

Kicking off the show, Decade belted out whiney but fine tuned vocals and rocking drum beats. It was the crazy bastards that followed them that drove the crowds insane.

The moment former Gallows’ front man, Frank Carter jumped on stage with his band Pure Love, the crowd were wild. For the majority of the show, Carter was in the centre of the crowd amongst the circling mosh pits throwing out roaring rock tunes. It only continued to get more insane. With Frank goading the crowd to ‘Jump’ and hauling the drummer and his kit to join him, their set was fucking mental!

Don Broco's lead singer tearing up the stage
Don Broco’s lead singer tearing up the stage

They did a few, as I like to call them ‘suicide stunts’ which meant that Pure Love’s guitarist crowd surfed whilst still playing his guitar and Carter pulled the death defying stunt to stand up on the crowd and jump up onto a balcony. Yes they were crazy bastards, but they definitely knew how to warm up a crowd. Broco really had to do something big to follow this one!

There was a long wait before Broco came on and the crowd were so hyped up that the same ‘very drunk’ guy continued to crowd surf to the stage a whole 7 times before they were even performing. The crowd taunted, “Don Broco, Don Broco” impatiently awaiting them to enter. The atmosphere was almost suffocating, with the amount of people crammed in.

Finally Don Broco bounced onto the stage. The crowd threw up devil horns and screamed as lead singer; Rob stepped up to the mic. They effortlessly performed some of their greatest songs including ‘Whole Truth’, ‘Thug Work Out’ where drummer, Matt performed his signature drumstick cut throat and ‘Thug Work Out’ which included a legendary ‘Wall of death’.

Don Broco doing the 'Busted bounce'
Don Broco doing the ‘Busted bounce’

The fresh faced Broco boys succinctly did what I like to describe as the ‘Busted bounce’, launched beach balls in the crowd and successfully got the crowd to create a human pyramid.

Did they live up to expectation? For performance yes, but I couldn’t help but feel disappointed with the first few songs. Still, after warming up, Don Broco drove the crowd into a frenzy and are definitely heading onwards and upwards.

A few negative things to pick out about the venue are that the access to the photo pit was impossible; the speakers in the venue were a bit bass heavy and crackly and they could do with a few more bouncers, but these aside #BrocoatKoko was a great night!

Although I wouldn’t say Don Broco are one of my favourite bands, they have a massive following and who am I to judge their successes. The future looks good for the Broco boys and it’s only set to get better.

Don Broco’s new single ‘Whole Truth’ is out today, so check out  the video below and see what they’re made of if you haven’t already.

Written and Photographed by Michelle Stannard and Christy Boxall


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