Gig review: Embrace at O2 Academy Leeds

Embrace at O2 Academy Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff
Embrace at O2 Academy Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff
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When tickets are changing hands outside for above face value, you know you are usually in for a decent night.

“It’s great to be back in our home city of Leeds,” said Danny McNamara, lead singer of the Brighouse band, told the expectant and packed crowd.

There was considerable clamour to see post-Britpop 90s band Embrace back in their native West Yorkshire.

After ending their eight-year sabbatical to release a new album, it was a case of striking a balance between their old classics and latest material.

They seemed a little ring rusty at first and the tone was set early on with the early numbers being mostly off the new album, which did not set the pulses racing, but the more familiar material certainly did.

As McNamara and co began to trot out the tracks the rest of us 30-somethings fondly remember, the anthemic, catchy guitar pop that earned them so many followers in the late 90s brought the house down.

The likes of ‘Come Back to What You Know’, ‘My Weakness’ and the stomping ‘One Big Family’ and ‘All You Good Good People’ were all lapped up by the adoring crowd.

‘Ashes’, for many, was the highlight; an indie masterpiece which served as a welcome reminder of Embrace’s enduring class.

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