Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes brought the fire and the fury to the O2 Academy Brixton for an exclusive VR Experience on the MelodyVR app. The show had me literally walking around my room as it was going down. I personally never heard of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes prior to watching this show, but I loved the idea of a live stream that’s not only actually live, but in a virtual reality setting, so I just had to check it out. I can safely say The Rattlesnakes made a fan out of me quick. They not only rocked the house but played for a handful of die-hard fans (streaming live onto the stage as well). Let me breakdown how seamless the MelodyVR app worked.
MelodyVR is a badass app that features TONS of bands of all genres playing these super surreal experiences. You’re able to change camera views live as the band is playing such as the director’s cut, the center stage, left, right, and I believe front of house. Each camera shot took about 2-3 seconds to load when clicking in between, but the director’s cut was a live cut which showed all the angles. I can then either swipe with my finger across the screen, spinning the camera, or actually move my phone in my hand in real time and interact with the experience. It honestly blew my mind (and I’m super hard to impress) to the point where I called my roommate in to check it out. On top of that, the sound was great and that’s a big thing for me and I’m sure for everyone, and I definitely applaud them for actually performing live as well.
The show itself was super entertaining, I gotta give Franky boy some credit here. His positive energy and showmanship really had me enjoying the concert that much more. I didn’t realize he used to be a part of the band Gallows, which I listened to back in the day. Carter really knew how to work the stage, he was constantly right in the camera’s face which honestly made me feel that much closer to the experience. The back of the stage contained three screens across it, sharing a handful of fans as their live audience. Between songs he would talk to them and dedicate songs to them. Some of the chosen were his long-time fans, fans who started fan pages, good friends and even his mother. They played a solid hour and twenty minutes and really had me entertained the whole time. If you’re looking for some good British punk rock, these guys definitely embody it. They know how to have a good time and take things lightly especially by ending the show with the last song off their first album Blossoms, “I Hate You,” which they dedicated to covid.
Everyone is missing live shows and it’s great that musicians and artists alike are pushing forward to bring all their fans a great experience, to let us know the world is still turning and life could always be worse. So, go have fun and go listen to music and go dance in your room. Whatever you have to do, remember to be safe and go have fun! Let Loose!
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes O2 Academy Brixton setlist (via setlist.fm):
02. Tyrant Lizard King
05. Rotten Blossom
06. Snake Eyes
08. Wild Flowers
09. Modern Ruin
11. Why A Butterfly Can’t Love A Spider
12. Devil Inside Me
13. Kitty Sucker
15. I Hate You
The author of this post was provided with a review ticket to this stream