Love Gravel EP Launch @ The Ruby Lounge
Love Gravel EP Launch
Support: Ruby Tingle, Quartz Carousel, Mescina
Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 19/09/2015
Other than knowing Mescina was appearing as a last minute addition I knew nothing else about this evening as it seemed to appear in my diary too quickly. I did learn it was the Love Gravel EP launch party so there was potential for a great time to be had.
With four bands on the bill the timings were going to be tight and I sadly I didn’t catch all of Ruby Tingle’s set which is a shame because it was very interesting. Ruby performs as a solo pianist and is clearly influenced by the likes of Amanda Palmer, Emily Autumn and Kate Bush. Her set featured Fishmen In The Gods from her recent EP The Shanties, and Cobweb Market from an earlier EP, Four Demons. Her work is highly recommended and I will be looking to see her play live again.
Ruby’s work is available via https://rubytingle.bandcamp.com/
Next up were Manchester based four-piece Quartz Carousel with their quirky brand of indie and rock with an entertaining edge featuring songs such as Atheist and the rather catchy Txt U Bck. What was more unusual was the cover of the Hot Chocolate song You Sexy Thing which worked surprisingly well, highlighting the range of influences and abilities of the band to make songs work within their context.
You can check out Quartz Carousel via their website at http://www.quartzcarousel.com/
The main support were Manchester Rocks favourites and regulars, alternative metal band Mescina. This was a last minute arrangement as the drummer with Another Dead Hero, who were supposed to play this evening, badly hurt his hand so the band had to drop out, hence how I heard about the gig!
I had previously caught Mescina at the Zombie Shack a few weeks earlier but the sound at this gig was so much better for them and with more room for the band to move around on stage they seemed a lot more comfortable. The vocals from Sergio Lúcas were spot on as the band featured songs from their EP Flush amongst others. Paul Anthony’s serious riffage cutting through the sound system like a chainsaw, they were supported by a solid rhythm section of Nick Ntounis on drums and Glynn Tebbutt on bass and towel! Although the songs are gripping metal they have enough dark and light areas to be reminiscent of Tool and Amplifier, more plus points. The band ended their high energy set with a great cover of The Deftones Around The Fur. Again if you get the chance to see them you should, you are unlikely to be disappointed.
You can check out Mescina and their music here… https://soundcloud.com/mescina
Finally it was the turn of Love Gravel and this, the launch gig for their first EP, I Don’t Know And Neither Do You. The band describes themselves as grunge/stoner rock and I would add a heavy, raw, bluesy sludge to that list too after what I saw. Songs like Hold On Reach Up saw singer Bianca Dusk encourage the crowd to get involved and sing along, it was catchy too. Liz Shakespeare played a pink, heart shaped bass which matched her thick pink dreads and sounded as good as it looked, adding to the overall Love Gravel experience.
Songs from the EP that were featured included Frog March with its infectiously slow groove and there was the stomping marching beat chorus of Mortar with its psychedelic feel. For Presence, also on the EP, singer Josh Baldwin from Another Dead Hero sang joint vocals with Bianca and provided a thrilling climax to their short set.
Love Gravel’s EP can be heard/purchased here: https://lovegravel.bandcamp.com/album/i-dont-know-and-neither-do-you
Overall a great evening with four completely different bands, but all equally good on the night. And to the people who organised this varied event – thank you!
Images & words: Anthony Frimin