Easy Life @ O2 Institute, Birmingham, UK – 2nd November 2021

Review by Joe Gibson, Photography by Robert Barrett

Even before tonight’s show at the O2 Institute chants of “Easy Easy Easy” could be heard around the building. In the past you may have heard it when attending a show from Leicester’s previous biggest exports Kasabian, but now its reserved for its future megastars Easy Life.

Compared with the show I caught earlier in the year (an album launch show at the HMV Empire in Coventry) the production was much larger in scope. Wooden waves and multiple platforms decorated the stage beneath the now iconic Easy Life lights. By the time the band took to the stage they seemed almost as excited as the sold-out audience. Launching into “Pockets” the crowd were instantly singing along to every word.

Lead singer Murray seemed to appreciate the energy and kept hopping into the crowd to sing with them. The band were slick, smooth and backed up by an impressive horn section that provided real depth to the overall sound.

“I’ve heard that it’s possible to climb the balcony” he stated at one point looking menacingly towards the balcony seats around the venue. After playing a plethora of song’s from latest album “Life a Beach” Murray pegged it upstairs during the start of “Skeletons” to launch himself off the balcony into the crowd below, much to the distain of the security. Who said rock and roll is dead?

After a swift encore the band returned to finish with “music to walk home to”. If this performance proved anything, its that Leicester has new hometown hero’s in the form of Easy Life, an unmissable live act on the direct path to stardom.

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