Camden Underworld was subject to an influx of fans from all over the country, and even the globe, when Elliot Minor performed the second of three farewell shows in London last weekend.
Dubbed #EMOneMoreTime, the band originally planned to embark on one final show at the Underworld after a lengthy hiatus which left many fans thinking that they would never see the band play live again. However, after the first show sold out in mere minutes, another Elliot Minor show was announced at the Underworld and once that had sold out demand was still so huge that the band released another date, this time at the larger capacity O2 Islington Academy.
The sold-out Saturday show – the second of the run of three – was a complete nostalgia trip for the scores of old fans, many of whom used to practically tour with the band back in 2010 and earlier, when Elliot Minor were more often than not playing shows across the UK and Europe.
The main theme from Christopher Nolan’s Inception plays as the band come on stage – a long running Elliot Minor tradition that has seen their entrance music range from Back to the Future’s unmistakable theme song to Pirates of the Caribbean’s signature tune – and the effort doesn’t go unnoticed by long-term fans. It’s the little details like this that make the show seem we’ve just took a step back in time to 2009.
The performance is polished and practically perfect – no mean feat for a band who haven’t performed together for three and a half years. Set opener Jessica is an old fan favourite, launching the crowd straight into a frenzy that doesn’t really let up until the slower songs of the set like Lucky Star and Tethered.
There’s an evident chemistry between the members, and it’s clear that while they might not have been a band for a few years, the friendship has remained. They’re having a genuinely great time on stage, and the smile on bassist Ed Hetherton’s face is contagious: Halfway through the show my face is actually aching from the constant grinning!
The relationship between Elliot Minor and their fans has always been a special one, too. The crowd take great pleasure in ribbing lead vocalist Alex Davies when he asks a front row audience member to hold up a lyric sheet for Electric High, as well as in jokes being displayed on banners and shouted out in the (very rare!) silences between songs.
An obvious choice for closing the set, but still insanely fun, debut single Parallel Worlds encapsulates everything people love about Elliot Minor; a catchy melody, a sing-along chorus and a killer guitar solo thrown in for good measure. It’s a bittersweet moment for many – the end of a truly brilliant gig, with an excellent afterparty to look forward to, but for many it’s also the last song they’ll ever see Elliot Minor together performing as a band (apart from those going to the band’s actual last ever show in Islington the next day).
The evening is full of both nostalgia and new memories,and it’s a real shame to say goodbye to these guys. That said, the only way to truly send off Elliot Minor was with a night full of alcohol and great music, and that’s exactly the way it was.