In an age where pop bands disappear as quickly as they arrive, you have to give McFly credit for their longevity.
Bursting onto the scene alongside pals, Busted, in 2004, while some of their peers have been discarded like old sweetie wrappers, as the bubble-gum quartet proved at a packed out Playhouse last night, they haven't lost all their flavour quite yet.
Substituting 'pop' for 'rock', McFly have more of a guitar-driven edge to their music these days; yet despite the shift in dynamic, the group's audience is still made up of 10-year-old girls rather than the 15-year-old boys they're trying to appeal to.
Indeed, when McFly finally took to the stage at 9pm - twenty minutes later than scheduled - the Playhouse had taken on the look of a children's soft-play area, the high-pitched skirl of pre-teens drowning out anything the band's guitars could throw at them. Girls at the lip of the stage pawed at their heroes' legs, some waved banners that said "Pants Off Boys", meanwhile the balcony was literally bouncing under the weight of several hundred pairs of stamping feet. And so it went for the next hour or so.
Thrashing about the stage as though tanked up on too much caffeine, watching McFly is not unlike gazing upon the anti-version of The Monkees. Drummer, Harry Judd, seems more intent on showing off his muscles than his drumming abilities; frontman, Danny Jones, equally keen to demonstrate his best rock-God poses. Bassist, Dougie Poynter, was in his element - spitting water at the audience, knocking people over, and generally making a nuisance of himself. Guitarist, Tom Fletcher, though, simply smiled and looked pretty. A lot.
New tunes? Well, from what you could hear Above The Noise (the name of the band's new album), McFly would appear to have been listening to Prince and prog-rock a fair bit. And by the time they wrapped things up at five past ten - it was a school night and almost bed-time after all - you got the feeling that, unlike other pop bands, McFly might, just might, still be with us another ten years from now. "