DAN LE SAC Vs scroobius piP
Ask any artist where, after months of solid touring, they’d bring the curtain down on their UK tour – chances are they wouldn’t say Northampton.
However, this week Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip ended their Repent Replenish Repeat tour at the town’s Roadmender, playing to a packed venue.
Last year, The Darkness played to the same sold out room, receiving an awkwardly frosty reception from Northampton’s gig-goers. The difference on Monday couldn’t have been more stark.
Joining the pair for the final time was Sarah Williams White and ex-King Blues main man Itch.The former played a solo set of loop-laden beats mixed with synths and her great vocals.
Itch was joined by his ‘babyfaced’ DJ Screwface and put in blinding set of rap with some huge choruses.
Along the way, he found time to jump among the Roadmender crowd for one song and also take aim at UKIP, commending the vandalism of a nearby billboard poster.
Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip released their third album last year.
The record built on Le Sac’s electronic beats melded with Pip’s rap and spoken word which has spawned numerous singles in recent years.
Ahead of their Northampton show, the pair hinted their final UK date may also be their final show together for some time (minus a few summer festival appearances).
Their 16 song set featured a mixture of tracks from their new record mixed with hits from their previous albums.With penchant for the macabre, there were songs about broken relationships, terminal illness and suicide along with messages of self improvement and tracks about rap’s obsession with ‘bling’.
The pair were joined by Sarah Williams White for Cauliflower while Itch returned for a rendition of Stiff Upper Lip.
Despite admitting being ‘tour weary’, Le Sac and Pip were on great form with regular banter between songs with each other and the Northampton crowd – the funniest being likening the race for the Premiership title to the battle between supermarket giants.
They ended with their breakthrough hit Thou Shalt Always Kill before an encore featuring the Radiohead sampling A Letter From God To Man - after which Pip left Le Sac to his own devices, mixing beats into The Prodigy’s Voodoo People.