Embrace performing their Love Is A Basic Need Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Friday 30th March 2018.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Embrace were at Rock City last night to deliver a near two hour set list of perfectly crafted indie pop, which included their debut single All You Good Good People which was released a staggering twenty years ago, and some of their latest material from their seventh studio album, Love Is A Basic Need.

Whilst they have had plenty of hits, and still have a loyal fan base, they’ve never really made the breakthrough into the wider nation’s affections. And on this performance it is hard to see why because the time that they spent on stage was raw, intense and for a band that were born in the Brit pop era, they were surprisingly exciting.

Opening with new song Wake Up Call, lead vocalist Danny McNamara delivered a statement of intent that had the crowds immediate attention. Standing in front of a simple neon light which spelt out the band’s name, they followed up with Nature’s Law, the outstanding Follow You Home which induced an early mass sing along and the storming Come Back To What You Know.

Whilst Danny had this crowd in the palm of his hand, he released his grip for brother and guitarist Richard to take over lead vocals for Where You Sleeping? and Refugees which was a thumping bass heavy stomper of a song.

When Embrace returned to their back catalogue for material all they did was serve to remind the crowd how many belters they’ve recorded. They finished the main set with their classic ballad Gravity and Ashes which was worth the ticket price alone, before an encore saw bassist Firth, drummer Heaton and Dale on keyboards excel with three new songs, Snake Oil, All That Remains and with support act Eevah on stage for the anthemic Never before they finished off with the fantastic The Good Will Out, which served to show just how good this Yorkshire band are.