Primal Scream play private show

On the eve of the release of their storming ninth long player ‘Beautiful Future’, rock ‘n’ roll hedonists Primal Scream held a private launch party for friends in a North London warehouse, and demonstrated to all gathered that they showed no signs of slowing down now, extolling their album’s prophetic title…

Crammed into sponsor Diesel’s Kings Cross offices on a humid summer night, things were hotting up from the moment one arrived.

By the time Bobby Gillespie and Mani took the stage (to the night’s first heckle of “Nice t-shirt, Mani!”), a soaked crowd had squeezed into the back room, eager to catch a sight of one of the world’s premier groups in such exclusive surroundings.

Kicking off with the relentless ‘Can’t Go Back’ from the new album, the set was launched with the energy that sustained throughout the night. Brimming with as much danger and rebellious spirit as always, Bobby looked about as happy as he possibly could on the small, sweaty stage. Mani, of course, was having a ball.

‘Jailbird’ was an early favourite, then was swiftly followed by what should really be the next single – the new album’s title track; a portentous anthem of an elegantly wasted fate…and great for dancing to! The next song, Bobby said, was “dedicated to Andrew Weatherall”. The rockabilly-attired legendary DJ (who was present) must have been delighted when the strains of ‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have’ burst into the room (as we all were). The old under-appreciated classic, which Weatherall once transformed into the mighty ‘Loaded’, was executed faithfully until the end when Bobby chanted the latter’s “I don’t want to lose your love” over and over in unison with the enraptured audience.

From out of the celeb-packed crowd, CSS’s pixie like Lovefoxx entered stage left as album track ‘I Love To Hurt (You Love To Be Hurt)’ was introduced. Her trademark catsuit was left at home for the evening, but her party vocals were still present, and were an enthralling companion to Bobby’s leering counterpart.

Returning after the encore, proceedings were wrapped up with current single ‘Uptown’ and the glorious classic ‘Movin’ On Up’. What better way to leave your fans hungry for more?

‘Beautiful Future’ is released on Monday. If you like your rock and roll to be uncompromising and treacherously exciting, you’ll do your best to get it.

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