Prognosis @ Sound Control, Reviewed by Mummy Weller
As you probably know by now, Prognosis includes our editor boss man, Phil Weller on guitar and vocals. His older brother Alex is their sweaty sticksman. Here, their mummy reviews their show with Stoneghost at Sound Control.
Prognosis: Whoops they did it again!
They rocked. For new kids on the block they certainly rocked the house. Oh my what a difference, their opening gig at the Manchester Rocks Launch Party was pretty special, but tonight they gave everything, they were more confident, more together and enjoying every minute. As did the crowd, who were doing their thing to the beat.
They opened with Changeling then moved straight into (my favourite) Just Another Day and My Sweet Ellipses. Alex as ever punished the drums, so much so they had a wardrobe malfunction and he was holding one up on his leg! The energy filled the room; the guitars played along and followed his lead.
The vocals were also much improved, Danny and Phil belting them out, the only problem being with Phil’s mic, but when it chose to work the sound was great. Bassist/vocalist Danny Daemon and guitarist Chris Hickson are ‘bears’ of men and they certainly know how to get a tune out of their instruments. As for Phil, when did he learn all that caressing, stroking and twiddling? ‘Treat your guitar like a lady’ wasn’t meant to be taken literally! Did anyone else notice his audition for a well-known hair product, golden locks thrown around to capture the light? [It's 'cause I'm worth it - Ed.]
The tunes flowed seamlessly from one to the next with changing tempo, beat and strong lyrics. I am glad to see they have renamed ‘Smack Den’ to ‘Just Another Day.’ Before they smashed their last song, The Sycophant, Alex gave an emotional tribute to John Glover, landlord at the Old Market in Altrincham, the birthplace of Prognosis, an inspiration who will be sadly missed.
What more can I say? A very impressive set, can’t wait to see what Saturday has in store. The years of practice and late night lyric writing has come to fruition, putting aside musical differences with the neighbours, usually volume related (I’m sure they are enjoying a tranquil life in Wales!)
Oh I almost forgot to mentions, they now have merchandise and this year’s rockers must have is a Prognosis T-shirt, beautifully modelled by Danny's girlfriend, band stylist and merch girl Kirsty on the night. It was great to see some of the crowd rocking away with the logo emblazoned on their chest. Even I got one! So I now need some fashion advice on accessories.
I just hope the pride and admiration I feel for my boys comes through. See you all on Saturday at Kraak Gallery.
Words: Louise Weller (No. 1 Prognosis fan, Roadie and mum) | Photos: Anthony Firmin