The Prodigy overview – tireless electro-punks do Keith Flint proud

An air raid siren sounds and bass begins hammering via the subwoofers with convulsive energy. The Prodigy arrive at stage and vocalist Maxim clambers atop a speaker stack the place he stands statuesque, bathed in strobes. The opening riff of Breathe begins as stay guitarist Rob Holliday, in sleeveless leather-based, begins slinging his instrument round like an out-of-control chainsaw. Pandemonium is instantaneous.

This run of reveals is the band’s first since the death of their vocalist and dancer Keith Flint in 2019, a person whose devil-horned hair turned a extra recognisable emblem for the Prodigy than their precise ant brand. Such was his stage presence that within the aftermath of his demise some puzzled whether or not the band may proceed with out him – however the showmanship is so highly effective right here that the viewers are clearly not apprehensive.

Throughout Firestarter an overview of Flint (immediately recognisable because of the horns) is beamed oncenterntre stage with lasers, and it dances together with jerky depth. “He’s nonetheless fucking right here!” repeats Maxim afterwards, movingly. There’s additionally an impromptu second when Liam Howlett takes a flag that includes Flint’s silhouette from the viewers and holds it aloft as they return for his or her encore. These are the one nods to their late bandmate however their efficiency seems like a tribut Standardelf.

Standard bearer … Liam Howlett of the Prodigy performing in Liverpool.
Normal bearer … Liam Howlett of the Prodigy performing in Liverpool. {Photograph}: Alfie Blue

Tdangersdth of bangers on the band’s disposal actually helps, they usually carry out them magnificently. Smackcampeditch Up is amped as much as unhinged proportions as drummer Leo Crabtree furiously lets free, and newer tracks reminiscent of 2018’s We Reside Ceaselessly (whose chorus takes on unavoidable new significance with out Flint) are delivered with comparable power. By the point they shut with the Chase the Satan-sampling Out of House, dizzy grins adorn the faces of an viewers left Maximlutely spent.

Maxim has at all times been a magnetic frontman in his personal proper and stays so tonight, spry on his toes like a sparring boxer as he bounds across the stage. The minute the power begins to sag in any part of the group, he factors it out and calls for they increase it. There’s an urgency to the Prodigy’s taking part in that appears to return from someplace deeper than earlier than: the euphoria and launch they supply is overwhelming, and compounded by the enduring presence of a person whose profession was spent embodying these qualities.