Review: The Stranglers at the Beach Ballroom

Jean-Jacques Burnel of The Stranglers. Picture by Andy Thorn.

A classic collection is what these post punk legends promised and that’s what they served up to the sell-out crowd at the Beach Ballroom.

And the four-piece, who have been performing in one form or another for more than 40 years now, delivered it with ferocious energy and conviction.

With 17 top 40 albums to their name, they’re spoiled for choice when it comes to making up their setlist.

And, although there were one or two glimpses of newer material – with Freedom is Insane making a particular impact – it was, unsurprisingly, favourites of the 1970s and 80s which were to the forefront.

A slightly muted Aberdeen crowd took a while to warm up, perhaps not helped by little communication from frontman Baz Warne.

But they jumped into action and made themselves heard for Always the Sun and Strange Little Girl.

Warne was in fine voice, accompanied by the surging bass of JJ Burnel, and the band demonstrated their top class musicality in the complex layers and rhythms of Golden Brown.

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