Amplifier & Black Moth @ Gorilla
Once again, Friday night in Manchester and what a gig to go to. The Manchester riffing legends that are Amplifier, playing one hell of show at Gorilla. They were also nice enough to bring the brilliant young talent that is Black Moth. Both bands are always fantastic live and this night was no different. Although I wasn't sure about Gorilla’s sound system being optimal for the type of music but those qualms were soon settled with the bands performance.
After what has been an eventful tour for the Leeds rockers, with being stuck on the side of the road on their way to Wolverhampton. They arrived in Manchester and put on one hell of a performance and won over the crowd with ease. Everyone was buzzing for them by the end of the set, with the heavy riffs and great stage presence. Opening on the heavy and powerful The Undead King of Rock and Roll the band just had this contagious energy that was easy to get lost in. Every time these guys (and gal) play, they look like they’re out to have fun and rock out. I’ve always said this, if the band gives a shit about playing, then that relates to the audience and they start to care about the band performing. Their set pretty much centred around song from Condemned To Hope, with the occasional tune from The Killing Jar and the great tune Tree of Woe, so it was a pretty rounded set in terms of content.
The sound was great! I was at the front and the everything was pretty much crystal clear, I was able to hear Harriet's vocals really nicely, and it’s always a gamble standing at the front but I’ll give the sound boys their props really awesome work. It is almost impossible for me to be “fair” when it comes to Black Moth, but their set was a quality performance full of brilliant songs. If you haven’t checked them out at this point, then what what are you listening to exactly?
Then it was time for those crazy, pedalboard playing, beer drinking Mancunian rockers, Amplifier. Admittedly due to chatting with Black Moth, I missed the start of the set but as soon as I got in I was greeted with the fantastic and instantly gratifying noises from the stage. I've been an Amplifier fan for some time and they always put on one killer show. I’ll admit when I first walked in the room the sound wasn't quite there and it sounded quite muddy. I wasn't hearing the vocals all that well and it didn’t quite feel right. I mean I don’t think it was enough to ruin the show for me but it was noticeable and it was constantly distracting. However by the time the song Black Rainbow came around the sound issues were pretty much sorted and it was then smooth sailing for the band.
The fans were pretty awesome too, everyone there to see the Manchester locals, some that I spoke to had never actually seen them live and they made up a big part of the atmosphere. I get that, when you finally get to see your favourite band live it really is quite the rush. With so many amazing songs in their arsenal, I could have listened to them all night, but admittedly getting to hear tunes like Interstellar, Open Up, Strange Seas of Thought & Hymn of the Aten was actually pretty cool. With all the excitement the show soon came to an end and you know what? I was very satisfied with the whole affair, with so much riffage and two awesome performances who could really complain. Top Night!
Words: Mick Birchall | Photos: Anthony Firmin