It’s been three years since Fightstar last played Norwich Waterfront. That gig, part of their first headline tour in May 2005, was awful. Whilst on record the songs rocked, on stage the band sounded loose and unrehreased.
Moving on to tonight, two albums and three years of solid touring has paid off. Fightstar sound tighter than ever before, and even a stand-in drummer does not let them down. Starting with the Muse-esque Floods, Fightstar lift the level with each song. Whilst the largely subdued crowd start getting into things once second single ‘Paint Your Target’ and new single ‘The English Way’ are hammered out. ‘Paint Your target’ sounding impressive compared to the dull lifeless version three years ago.
Whilst looking comfortable playing guitar and singing, Charlie Simpson looks an awkward frontman on the rare occasion he’s without his guitar. He doesn’t move gracefully enough to pull of the Nate from Finch style screaming/singing frontman he wants to pull off, despite giving it his best attempt during set closer ‘Deathcar’.
Overall, this is the most confident live display I’ve seen from Fightstar, look out for a new album and more touring next year.