They’ve played in Brighton a few tines now but it’s always good to see the genre bending agit-pop of ADF in action as they really come into their own as a live band.
First up is 18 year old Sonny Green who performs a fiery spoken word piece that goes down well. He then introduces the band and they launch straight into “History of now” from the 2011 album of the same name. They’ve got bass player and original member Dr. Das back in the group, and is good to hear his heavyweight bass lines, always an integral part of the ADF sound.
Their set is a fiery run through of songs from all the previous albums with rapper Aktarv8r and singer/toaster Ghetto Priest both in good form, chasing to the crowd and generally hyping up proceedings. Their mash up of styles underpinned with frenetic drum ‘n’ bass drum patterns had always gone down well in Brighton and there are a few people on mates’ shoulders during the more frenetic moments.
Halfway through the set Nathan “Flutebox” Lee gives us a short entertaining solo on flute coupled with beat box but his flute playing is now an integral part of the whole show.
They end the set with a rowdy version of “Naxalite” from their “Rafi’s Revenge” album and depart the stage to thunderous applause. Their final number is a raucous, skank-along version of “Fortress Europe” and it’s a great way to end their 90 minute set.
A hyperactive and self assured set from a band who are now veterans of the live scene.