If Wikipedia is to be believed “Faithless are a British electronica band consisting of Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Rollo.
The group is best known for their dance songs (“Salva Mea”, “Insomnia”, “God Is a DJ” and “We Come 1”).” and “The band announced it would split up after their Passing The Baton dates at Brixton Academy on 7 and 8 April 2011. However, in February 2015 they reunited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band.”
Based on last night’s show at the O2 Brixton Academy this is only tells a tiny fraction of the story as the band that hit that stage last night was a class act buzzing with energy and with the opening “Emergency” taking the already excited crowd close to the edge and when the following track “All Races, All Colours” was followed up by “God is a DJ” the intensity in the building headed off the chart.
Maxi as ever was a master on stage and with the crowd in the palm of his hand the band ran through a handful of other songs before “Insomnia” pretty much brought the, already bouncing,
house down. Words can barely communicate the atmosphere at this point and it was almost unbelievably humid inside the venue and while I came away dripping with sweat at the end I reckon only 20% of it was probably mine so maybe you could look on it as the musical equivalent of a mud run.
The set continued with an unrelenting energy, passing through both parts of “I Want More” and the classic “Salva Mea” plus others before concluding with “Not Going Home”, which then became the cue for a thunderous encore of “Music Matters” and “We Come 1”.
My preference has long been for rock and metal and while electronic dance hasn’t always been at the top of my playlist Faithless are every inch the consummate stage performers who could satisfy any rock aficionado. For those rockers who think that dance music is all about a couple of people behind a laptop the reality is that Faithless are a sizzling live band whose stage presence can rival any of the big rock names on the circuit today.
The guitar work is superb in an understated way which serves the songs rather than demands the limelight and with the bass merges gloriously with the synths while driving along the pounding rhythm section that is so crucial to their songs. All of this is topped by Maxi’s stage presence and while the band took a long break they’ve returned with a vigour and energy that many of the younger bands can only hope to emulate.
If God is a DJ, then we are his disciples.