When you go to see Fury you know you are going to get great songs, amazing musicianship but also a big Christmas pudding-sized dollop of fun, and it was clear that the band was in mischievous mood on this night. Your scribe figured he would get out front in the reviewing stakes and take a picture of the set list on the stage upon arrival. A little while later when checking it out on my phone, I realised that it was all Iron Maiden song titles … yep, duly suckered!
Anyway, in the true spirit of adapt, improvise and overcome (or in this case, just ask Lisa) I got the list for what was a blistering 16 song set.
The band launched straight away in a furious assault on our musical senses with Julian and Tom’s twin guitars scorching their way through If You Get To Hell First and Hell of A Night.
Becky’s rumbling, rolling bass lines got the wheels smoking as she launched into Burnout. The needle was bought back below the red line as the stoner vibes issued in the mellow by comparison Who Are You? with Tom’s pounding double kick drum landing punches on those even stood at the back.
Robin Fox joined the band on keyboards for an epic and mesmerising Shadows and Dust before Julian remarked on how he loved how his 5-year-old self who loved cars and astronauts was still alive in the songs he writes, and this was no more evident on the homage to early Iron Maiden that is Lost In Space.
On every song, the golden thread that runs throughout is the astonishing voice of Nyah Ifill. She brings a flourish to the songs that veer from visceral, ethereal and just straight out raunch ‘n’ roll, but it is on Rock Lives In My Soul that all of this is bought front and centre, as she trades vocal riffs with Julian through a crushing rendition which leaves us breathless.
Embrace The Demons gave those assembled a relative breather but still demanded that you moved and danced along to Becky’s Run To The Hills-esque bass line. The let up was brief as necks were snapping and the air punched to the most apt of song titles, It’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, the riffs and rhythms leaving you in no doubt as to why all of us were there.
The main set closed out with Tom’s furious snare intro into Road Warrior and then finally Casino Soleil confirmed that Fury are one of the most visually, musically exciting and satisfying bands that you could see at the moment. If, like me you were a teenager in the ’80s, they remind you of some of the amazing bands of your youth, but with a laser sharp, modern edge.
With it being Christmas, the set had to close out with an appropriate couple of numbers, and Julian and Nyah played their parts perfectly on a wonderful Fairytale Of New York before they were joined by the Power Trio and Gemma for a huge sing-along I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day.
Like their Greek deity namesakes, Fury unleashed their full power and passion on us mere mortals and set us up for Christmas with huge smiles on our faces, sore necks and ringing ears.