Purge at Gullivers 9/1/16
Purge with support from Rival Bones, The Indieannas and We Signal Fire
Tonight sees the first gig of the year for me, a year where I am going to try and focus more on local musical talent. And this gig is an Up From Under promotion featuring four bands from the North West at Gullivers in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
The evening started with alternative rockers We Signal Fire and their poppy anthems. Unfortunately I only caught the last song (which was excellent) but talking to some of the audience the band not only put on a great performance but went down well too. I do intend to catch them again at some point soon.
After a short break it was time for four piece Buxton-ites, The IndieAnnas. The first song, Get Your Shit Together certainly sounded like they have their shit together with their pop/punk/indie sound. New song Falling From Grace was a very catchy rocker swiftly followed by One Stride At A Time with its simple indie feel, very effective.
Inside Your Mind is a fast, late 70’s new wave inspired song, which I really enjoyed, whereas I’m Taking A Shot is more of a 90’s Blur sound but it shows their commercial edge and some of their tunes are quite danceable. I need to make a special mention to the drummer who I thought did a great job with some spot on fills.
Rival Bones are a complete contrast to the previous band, they are a 2 piece (drum and guitars) and are heavy and raw and loud. The band are able to vary their sound too; in one song they have a funky feel, in another song they have a glam rock feel. It felt refreshing, not over-distorted like some two-piece bands are inclined to be and the drums are not over excessive either.
Robot Girl has more of commercial edge to it and unsurprisingly is the next single which is out within the month. With its slower intro, Lost Along The Way features some soulful singing almost melancholic at times followed by their last song, You Know Who You Are, which see’s them return to some serious rocking. They went down particularly well with the audience and even managed an encore playing Number One. I need to see Rival Bones again as I really enjoyed them!
I had previously seen Purge at Band On The Wall back in the autumn and was very impressed with them and their pop inspired rock so I was looking forward to seeing them again.
The songs are catchy, infused with funk, soul, rock and pop thereby creating original and unique music mixing different beats into the songs, the song Purge even includes some rapping! The last single Was It You has singer Bob Hunter sounding eerily like Prince at times. They had a big fan club with them so were bound to succeed on the night, and deservedly so. The drummer’s aunty was in the audience dancing like she was still in the swinging sixties and keeping the rest of us amused.
The next Up From Under gig is at Rebellion on 20th February – you should go!
Words and photos: Anthony Firmin