It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the release of Alien Ant Farm’s seminal album, Anthology.
For a lot of the audience in attendance tonight at Northumbria University, Anthology may well of been the first album they ever bought. A capacity crowd in attendance as one of California’s finest nu-metal bands walk them down memory lane.
Tonight, the band treats the Newcastle crowd by performing Anthology in its entirety and boy have these tracks aged well; they sound as fresh tonight as they did back in 2001. The audience hangs on every word of fan favorites like “Movies” and “Attitude,” the later of which singer Dryden Mitchell dedicates to his mom despite their recent fighting; it’s her favorite song.
This being the sixth show of Alien Ant Farm’s UK tour, the band seemed to be genuinely humbled by their British audience. Subsequently, they look like they are having a lot of fun in the process.
Although the show largely centered around Anthology, there is still room in the set for a couple of old favorites in the shape of “Glow” and a rare airing of “These Days” by request of a member of the audience. Both tracks are from Alien Ant Farm’s 2003 album, TruAnt. The night would not be complete without the band’s much celebrated cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” as they leave the stage to rapturous applause.
Alien Ant Farm have most certainly started 2016 with a bang. Here’s to the next fifteen years.