by Alfi Shipp

The rifles kicked off their Freedom Run tour in promotion of their new album in Cambridge on Wednesday night. But despite the fact that it was the first show of the tour, the performance seemed to lack energy and charisma. They open with Dreamer, before playing the first single of new album Freedom run, Tangled Up In Love, which is received well by the crowd. The band then proceed to play a couple of their classic tracks, Peace n Quiet and repeated offender. These tracks really get the crowd going, forming a mosh pit and singing along with the band.

They then return to playing some of the newer material, for which Luke Crowther takes over lead vocals for a couple of numbers. Looking as if he was dressed by the same stylist as Axl Rose, his vocals lack the charm of frontman Joel’s, from whom he seems to seek approval throughout. The band are clearly still yet to get to grips with the new material, and this reflects on their live performance. The crowd seem to enjoy the new stuff, but the best of performing it is still yet to come from The Rifles.

Pic Jenny O'Neill

Despite this, they end the set strongly, bringing out fan favourites, Hometown blues, Local Boy and Romeo and Julie. A strong end to a varied set leaves me thinking that the best of this tour is still to come as it proceeds through the country.

Thanks to Martin at Sonic PR for sorting this out