You know, this feeling.
Humans screaming for life, dancing, twisting to the music as if they’ve been locked in a cage for days and they’re finally free. That was the crowd of the Alabama Shakes concert in London on the 18th November at the Brixton Academy.
That was Alabama Shakes on stage, tigers unleashed after long hours of fears, shock, doubts because of the Paris terrorist attacks.
The packed sold-out concert yesterday, five days after the terrible events of the Bataclan, showed that the Londoners were not going to surrender to fear. This was one of the loudest, tangibly excited crowds I’ve seen. They gave all their love to Alabama Shakes and lead singer Brittany Howard, who was visibly shaken by the reception.
“It’s heart-warming to see you all come out tonight.” She says to the people. “I don’t know what to say…” she adds at some point, as the fans were cheering their lungs out until they couldn’t breathe.
“You know, the state of the music industry…We could just go and think, we’ll make this much money here, this much money there. But we don’t do that…Sometimes I wonder, why am I doing all this, being on the road… And then… When I go on stage and meet a crowd like…I know. I know why I’m doing this.”
You could feel the passion of Brittany Howard on stage singing, especially on her newer songs. She throws herself 100% into the songs, taking her raucous voice to the extremes. She is not saving herself. She’s giving it all.
I could go on and on for 5 pages and try to describe Alabama Shakes on stage, but I won’t. I would start by recommending you to watch Alabama Shakes online, then urge you to go see them live at the earliest opportunity.
27 years old Brittany Howard is probably the biggest talent and the greatest voice of our generation. In 50 years’ time, she’ll most likely be seen as one of the all-time greats of rock’n’roll.
But she’s already half way there.