Monday 12th March 2012
Rock City, Nottingham
Back in October 2011, I was fortunate enough to catch The Answer at the O2 Academy Leicester, at what I would describe as a more intimate gig. I say intimate because the place wasn’t even half full, but The Answer rocked hard and really engaged with the audience, which went as far as bringing the whole room to their knees (literally).
Since forming in 2000, the Irish rockers have toured with the likes of Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Paul Rodgers, and more recently AC/DC on their Black Ice World Tour, which has since then gained them a much larger following. In October 2011 they also released their third studio album ‘Revival’, and ‘Nowhere Freeway’ featuring Lynne Jackaman is their latest single to be released from it. This has also gained them much more airplay on stations such as Planet Rock. Recently the band have also been nominated the best new band of the year at the Classic Rock Awards, so tonight I really couldn’t wait to see what they had in store for us.
First support of the night comes from Skam, and second supports are The Union, who were formed by Luke Morley (Thunder) and Peter Shoulder (Winterville). These guys really fired up the night and set the atmosphere for what was to come.
As well as the Leicester O2 Academy I was also fortunate enough to catch the guys whilst they were supporting AC/DC and each time I was highly impressed by the way they opened their sets, I was hoping this time it would be no different. The lights dimmed, Paul Mahon, Micky Waters and James Heatley rushed on stage, warmed up their instruments and then Cormac energetically bounced on to the stage, grabbed his microphone and introduced the band: “We are The Answer, and we can make you feel good!” before the group ripped into the first song, New Day Rising.
Cormac then followed the norm I’m used to, how they had opened each gig I’d seen before, delivering their mission statement to the crowd, “Our business with you tonight is rock and roll! Are you ready to rock and roll!?” With a cheer from the crowd the band began their second track of the night, Under the Sky.
Cormac truly knows how to control the crowd as he proved at the O2 Academy, and tonight he showed just as much promise. Before the third song he asked them if they were ready to sing, joking “Is it too early?” and warmed them up for their part in the next song, Vida (I Want You). This track entices the audience to feel part of the bands set and to join in, along with Come Follow Me when it was played later in the set. The crowd, enjoying every minute comply with a nod of their head, a beer in one hand and their rock fist in the other.
The Answer are a band that found their feet a long time ago, and I’m surprised they haven’t gone further already. They’re a band that really gives it all they’ve got and certainly know how to put on a live show. With so much more to give I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 12 months have in store for the band, and hoping they’ll be lined up for a festival in the not too distant future.