GOTH VS ROCK - The Mulberry Tavern, Sheffield 24.02.18

MARIA GLOVER

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The fight of fights. Who will triumph? Goth? Or Rock?

 

Well, one of the Goth bands has had to pull out thanks to flu so it's not a fair fight really. The venue is Mulberry Tavern, in the centre of Sheffield; a good little venue with great sound and a real all-welcome attitude. There are people in jeans and tees, lots of leather and studs, guy-liner aplenty, a few full-on Goths, and even a fireman's helmet. And what's more, cheap beer. Bring it on. https://www.facebook.com/TheMulberrybarandvenue

 

The first band up are THE BLACK RIDERS CULT, a Sheffield-based band "mixing dark alternative sounds with heavy riffs, deep basslines and metaphoric lyrics". I've heard of the bassist, we know a few of the same people, and he's good, though not what I thought of as a Goth.

 

Three guys are on stage; singer, bass and lead guitar. They start off an 8-song set with 'Leave By Dawn', a heavy track mixing dark riffs and an equally sombre and gloomy vocal. I'm not sure this is my type of sound but it's undeniable that they have talent. The bass is so heavy and rumbling it reverbs in my chest, which I absolutely love. The singer, who is in-character, dressed head to foot in black, long black hair and black shades a la Gene Simmons, has a vocal delivered directly from the depths of hell; dark, melancholy and at times menacing. The musicians are focused on their instruments and doing a great job. Third song in and the lead guitarist looks like he's enjoying himself. Not too much though, this is a Goth band after all.

 

The set is solid classic Goth; deep, dark and brooding. The cover of the 90s Sisters of Mercy track, 'Anaconda', which is towering on the small stage in a small venue, is a great choice which goes down well with the audience. 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' is also in the set. I can't help feeling though that this audience doesn’t quite know what to do with a Goth band, unsure how to interact with the music or when to clap. For me, the band didn’t connect with the audience. Well worth checking them out if you're into Goth.

 

Black Riders Cult set:

Leave By Dawn

Anaconda

Obsession

Assassination

Raven Skies

I Wanna Be Your Dog

Slow Burn

Midnight Flower.

 

Black Riders Cult are:

Jason Smith - Vocals and Drums

David Gotteri - Bass

Joe Goodwin - Guitar

 

To find out more about the band check out the following link: https://www.facebook.com/TheBlackRidersCult/

 

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Next up, and more my area of expertise, is sleaze/punk/glam band from Hull, SORDID LIES. A slight technical glitch but they're soon up and running thanks to the sound guy. Again, this is an 8-song set, with originals and covers. Immediately, the larger than life singer has built a rapport with the audience, with his cheeky grin and filthy humour, he and the bassist leaving the stage and mixing it up with the crowd.

 

This band contains both a pirate and a pole-dancer - true story. They look good and sound great and the crowd are lapping it up, from the unknown originals like 'Dirty Girl' to the well-known cover of Billy Idol's 'Rebel Yell', and the perhaps lesser-known Pistol Annies. There is now dancing and cheering, and each track closes to applause. The band are connected to the audience and have a great chemistry together on stage, obviously borne of a strong history together and good friendship. By the end, the audience demand more, and are pleased to receive an extra song.

 

A great time is had by all, including the band which is always good to see. The performance is raw and energetic, fun and raucous, whilst the talent of the band is evident throughout. I love the drums, confident yet not showy, and the lead guitarist is something else. A great live band putting on a true show. This is a great rock night out; laughs, great music and drunken dancing.

 

Sordid Lies set:

Intro

Tonight's The Night

Don’t Wake Me

Hell On Heels

Rebel Child

Rockin' Ain’t A Crime

Party All Night

Dirty Girl

Rebel Yell

Sleaze Rock Sinner

 

Sordid Lies are:

Valen Vain -Vocals

Dr. Lixx - Guitar

Captain Cliché - Bass

Dani Stix - Drums

 

Find out more from Sordid Lies at: https://www.facebook.com/SordidLiesUK/

 

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Now to the headliner, BARANOVICH, another Sheffield band, this time stadium-rock.

As soon as the band take the stage, it's obvious that a lot of people have just come to see them, pushing to the front and chatting to the band. Having seen them before, I can understand why; they're showmen and always perform their original songs alongside classic-rock anthems from the 80s and 90s.

 

The charismatic lead singer thanks the crowd and the other bands, and launches straight into  singalong favourite 'Born To Be Wild'. The crowd love it. The band are tight and bounce off one another's energy on stage, breaking up the set with banter with each other as well as the audience. The lead guitarist plays amazingly well. The singer is a wanderer, I've learnt the hard way to always stand back against a wall as he likes to spring up on people he knows.

 

He's in the crowd a lot of the night as they deliver their original songs, including 'Have A Nice Day' and 'Hyde', in a well-thought out set which included Def Leppard (always a favourite in a Sheffield pub), Free, Queen, and Guns N Roses. I don't know if it's that we're all of a certain age, or just that these guys nailed it, but the crowd are all over this set, and manage to persuade the guys to do a quick encore. Twice the Sordid Lies singer gets back up on stage with them, joining in on Def Leppard and GnR, true rock n roll camaraderie.

 

Rock has trounced Goth, all-be-it in a bias fight, with a united front of all-out rock n roll partying. By the end of the night, the crowd has trebled in size, many drifting down from the Karaoke upstairs. The atmosphere is electric and the rock bands are on fire.

 

Baranovich set:

Born To Be Wild

Have a Nice Day

Fire In The Sky

Pour Some Sugar On Me

Morning After

Secret's Safe

Wishing Well

Maneater

Here I Go Again

Hyde

Tie Your Mother Down

Knockin’ On Heaven's Door

 

Baranovich are:

Steve Baranovich - Vocals

Emanuele Repetto "Ema" - Guitar

John AC - Bass

Myke Thornton - Rhythm Guitar

Darren Blank - Drums

 

Check out more from Baranovich on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Baranovichrocks

 

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