Sometimes life just works out perfectly. On the drive home from work Friday night, Zane Lowe played the brand new Chase & Status single Lost and Not Found. It just so happened that my eta on seeing Chase & Status at the O2 Academy in Oxford at that exact moment was five hours and thirty-two minutes. Sonny Bill Williams couldn’t time a shoulder charge better than that. Although the track itself didn’t pack the punch that SBW’s shoulder does, there was no doubt in my mind that the live show would.
Even though I am now approaching thirty, I still reckon I can rage with the best of them. Having not been to an indoor electro gig in the UK yet this was my first chance to prove my worth. Believe it or not I came off second best. Was it that Oxford is home to huge number of pretentious, shirtless, student twats or is it that the UK rage is far more intense than the ones back home? I am not sure. With a bit of weight to throw around I am not scared to get the elbows and shoulders into it and make some room. Yet you need some room even to start this trend and basically there was none. I felt like a number eleven facing a fired up Mitchell Johnson aiming at the ribcage. It didn’t help that my partner in crime was a five foot nothing female who was copping elbows to the melon left right and centre. Knowing that you should never let the crowd dictate your musical experience we admitted defeat and retreated. Thank fuck we did because god dam Chase & Status put on a show.
There is a reason why the venue was rammed to breaking point. Chase & Status are the best in the business. Even though the set list is now lost on my alcohol induced mind, there are moments which were simply awesome. Flashing Light was massive. I guess that is what you get when you add Sub Focus to an already gargantuan live sound. The bass literally took over in Hocus Pocus dictating the movements of every sweat filled body in the place. Then came the massive hits Let you go and Blind Faith which were blatantly awesome. The live sound adds another level to these tracks you have heard hundreds of times before enticing you to rage that little bit harder. If that was even possible! The beauty of Chase & Status is that they have added so many more dimensions to their sound over the past couple of years while still maintaining their aggressive drum n bass roots. I was secretly hoping to for them to play a bit more of album one, More Than A lot, especially Pieces, the ultimate break up song of all time but you can’t have it all.
Recapping the night whilst devouring fried chicken at 4am, the theme revolved around two things. The awesomeness of Chase & Status and how they would have been just that little bit more awesome outdoors, say on the main stage at Reading Festival before Eminem?! Um yes please.