SHVPES / THE FIVE HUNDRED / DEATH BLOOMS / DETER - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow 04.02.19
PHOTO CREDITS: PLAN9NINE PHOTOGRAPHY
King Tuts is one of the UK’s most legendary live music venues. It’s right up there with the 100 Club…in my opinion. So many great bands got their big break there. The vibe is chilled and relaxed so it’s a nice place to spend a few hours on a cold winter’s night.
The first band of the night were DETER, a local band. There was a sizable crowd in to support them too. As the band took to the stage one at a time and picked up or stood behind their instrument, the crowd cheered and the band looked on, waiting for their cue to start playing. The music kicked in, a slow and steady number, as the singer did his best Jim Morrison impersonation with his back to the crowd, building up the atmosphere. As the song progressed, the band became more confident and found their stride. They ripped through their 6 song set list and I’m sure by the end they would have probably have stayed on stage, given half a chance. There’s 4 bands tonight so timing would need to be strict.
Next to take the stage was DEATH BLOOMS from Liverpool. These guys exploded onto the stage and got straight down to business! Thirty seconds into the set and I was drawing parallels between DEATH BLOOMS and early PANTERA. The heaviness of the music and power of the vocals was reminiscent indeed! This ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ got my attention…it’s hard to take photos while gently head banging! So, my advice to you is to check out DEATH BLOOMS, you won’t be disappointed!
The penultimate act of the evening was THE FIVE HUNDRED from Nottingham. These guys tore the stage a new one with their brand of metal: heavy, loud and confident. I do like it when bass and guitar swap stage places and move about instead of being welded to the spot. Good band live. If you like heavy, you’ll like THE FIVE HUNDRED.
The time had come for SHVPES to take the stage. The band set about arranging their effects pedals and fine tuning their gear. The crowd gathered to get as close to the stage as possible. As the band leapt head first into their first song, all eyes were on Griffin Dickinson as he jumped about the stage, reminding me of Zach de la Rocha from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. He didn’t look or sound like his rock royalty father, Bruce Dickinson.
The energy of all these guys was raw and refreshing and the crowd responded positively. One of the highlights for me was when Dickinson liberated a mobile phone from a girl’s hand who was recording a video of the performance. He held the camera up to his face and belted out his lyrics, directly down the camera and handed the phone back to the girl. She looked delighted and I kind of wanted to see what the end result looked like! The rapport with the audience was great. It’s refreshing to see new blood take to the stage and pick up the gauntlet thrown down by the generation before them. I have no doubt that we’ll be hearing a great deal more SHVPES in the not too distant future…Please just don’t ever do an Iron Maiden cover
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