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The Pineapple Thief live review - London

Live Review

Venue: Islington Assembly Hall, London

The Pineapple Thief return to the UK's capital, with support from Godsticks.

“This song is called The One You Left To Die,” says Pineapple Thief mainman Bruce Soord, before correcting himself. “No, it isn’t. We’ve already played that...”

It’s a rare moment of confusion in a performance that, after 11 albums and close to 20 years of performances in venues less prestigious than this one, suggests his band are finally getting the size of audience they deserve. Alone At Sea is the song he means to introduce, and with King Crimson and Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison driving the climax with thudding ferocity and Godsticks’ guitarist Darran Charles pumping out demonic riffs, it’s an overwhelming, ear-shattering highlight.


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