QUEASY / JANE DOE / ANIMAL OMENS - Jimmys, Manchester 29.03.19
PHOTO CREDITS: SHANNON LANDERS PHOTOGRAPHY
How do you evaluate the success of a launch party? I’d say these two factors are key: 1) The number of tickets sold/people attending, and 2) The reaction of said attendees. In both respects the EP launch party held by Manchester band QUEASYat the trendy city centre nightspot Jimmy’s on 29th March can be considered a roaring success. Here’s how the night unfolded…
Opening up for QUEASY were the local Alt-Rock trio, ANIMAL OMENS, who shook the small stage with an almighty blast of drum beats, which introduced their first song, ‘Burning Up’. The three young musicians, who met at University and relocated from Lincolnshire to Manchester, evoke a style reminiscent of the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Kings Of Leon and Queens Of The Stone Age, amongst others.
Their set included the songs ‘The Real Monsters’, ‘Sugar Veins’, and ‘So You Were Saying’ and the brand new single ‘Gravity’, which dropped on 30th March, also got a pre-release airing. Its dark and moody tones will require a serious edit if radio airplay is the ultimate goal (due to the number of expletives in the second half), but it is a good, powerful song that was well received.
The music wasn’t necessarily the sort to sing along to, but it certainly did get the crowd nodding their heads and tapping their feet. Another new, slower song called ‘Bad Company’ included an aggressively repetitive spoken passage, which definitely brought out frontman Ben Tobias White’s more expressive side. Joe Salter’s solid drumming really stood out and there was a very tasty guitar solo towards the end of the set. ANIMAL OMENS are yet other fine example of a young band who are keeping the local music scene on its toes.
Ben Tobias White - Lead Vocals / Guitar
Jem Renshaw – Bass / Backing Vocals
Joe Salter – Drums / Backing Vocals
The next band to take the stage were one that I last saw just over three months ago, at another EP launch party at this very same venue! Psychedelic, Alt-Rock four-piece JANE DOE - who describe their interests as Blue Planet and watching their bassist Ted Sager in the shower - write a combination of socially conscious and humorous songs that cover a plethora of subjects, including refugees, asthma, animal slaughter and paedophiles in the House of Lords… Nothing is off-limits for these lads and vocalist/guitarist Joe Moores makes his inner feelings blatantly clear through his lyrics.
The band’s moral compass is the starting point for their music and they have a unique sound and quality that makes them quite captivating to watch – Ted’s facial expressions alone are worth sticking around for and he looks like a man possessed when he’s up there with his bass! In fact, the band’s entire rhythm section is particularly strong and constitutes more than the backbone of this operation. This band are well worth checking out if you’re not already familiar with them and seem to have accrued even more confidence and attitude in the short time since I last saw them.
Joe Moores - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar
Andrew Wright - Lead Guitar
Ted Sager - Bass
James Day - Drums
It was QUEASY’s big night – their self-titled debut EP was released earlier in the day and they had a packed room full of their peers, friends and family to play forand impress. As the quartet took their places, singer Jack Swann Connor said, “Hiya! We’re called Queasy, or something”, before the full force of a high-octane set was unleashed in its awesome glory! Their sound was different from the acts that went before them - they were more physical, more aggressive and really LOUD!!!
By the end of the first rib-rattling song ‘Wake Up’ (oh the irony), sweat was already dripping down Jack’s face and his long hair was starting to glisten. The singer’s intense vocals suited the music down to a tee and he maintained eye contact with the audience in a very self-assured and direct manner throughout. ‘Jackdaw’, lifted from the new EP, really had the place rocking as the frontman gave a passionate performance and the temperature rose to the point where the band members had practically all shed their shirts by the time the first few songs were done.
The band played their first ever single, ‘Build A Wall’, and shades of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Rage Against The Machine became more apparent as the show went on. This was without a shadow of a doubt the most frenzied gig I have been to in quite some time – the mosh pit that formed took over virtually the entire floor space and like a cyclone, nothing could withstand it – not pint pots, not amps, nothing. And in situations such as this, accidents will happen… In the chaos, leads did get pulled out, stopping guitarist Solly Corr in his tracks, as Jack endeavoured to resolve the situation.
Meanwhile, bassist Alex Cardwell and drummer Kane Moss took the opportunity to have an impromptu jam, which they did remarkably well – it could have been a rehearsed part of the set for all we knew and was extremely enjoyable. There was a real sense of this being a special occasion and you could tell by the looks on the band members faces as they closed out, that they were delighted with how the evening had gone. They should be, as apart from the technical mishap and shattered glass it really couldn’t have gone any better and I hope they’ll continue to build on this success into what could be a very healthy future.
Jack Swann Connor - Vocals
Solly Corr - Guitar
Alex Cardwell - Bass
Kane Moss - Drums
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