Don Broco. Donny B. DreamBoys On Tour. Whichever opinion-dividing moniker you choose, the guaranteed vat of ridiculous fun that lies in waiting behind the doors of Islington’s Relentless Garage unites their nickname-crazed fans. Tonight Rob, Luke, Matt and Simon’s sole intention is too preach their gospel of lads, lash and banter to a mob of ready-to-be-sweaty guys and gals.
‘Big Fat Smile’ has kicked started a torrent of rave reviews thanks to DB’s effervescent beats and bubble-gum appeal; the show we’re witness to tonight is completely in keeping with the atomic energy bursts emanating from the album. Rob and the boys are mental. And so are the fans out in force tonight. No sooner do they bound onto centre stage, thrashing ‘Thug Workout’ for the pounding opener, do the floorboards fluctuate under our dancing feet and bloody hell, does the room move. Providing an element that would send a ADHD-addled puppy into a catatonic frenzy, tonight is such a massive bag of fun it’s difficult to express. The Donny-B anthology is played out in front of us inlcuding ‘Chemistry’, ‘Beautiful Morning’, ‘Top Of The World’ and ‘Do What We Do’ making this the closest thing to house party debauchery as you can get without actually being in a house.
Don Broco are fast becoming masters of metal ridged pop songs and from first riff to final yell enough boozie chaos is caused, enough even to give Young Guns a run for their money. It seems everything about Don Broco sparkles and erupts with colour; their hedonistic anthems, their pop-star looks and their give-a-fuck attitude about drenching it all in sweat, blood and whatever other bodily fluids they see fit. Yes, tonight is brilliant and the future is nothing but radiant for Don Broco as they work their way to the top of their game. And this mini-album mega-tour is just the beginning.
Written by Jessica Acreman