UpFromUnder Night @ Rebellion - Live Review
Another month see’s another Up From Under promo gig at Rebellion and this evenings series of bands covers quite a spectrum of genres of rok.
Due to train problems I only managed to catch the second half of Mescina’s set. The band had a stand in bass player which may be why they didn’t seem to be on the same form as they had been previously, which was disappointing. I saw them last year at the Ruby Lounge and they played a blistering set so I only assume that tonight was a blip. I don’t suppose it helped that there were more photographers in the audience than punters, but they still managed to finish off their set with a sterling cover of the Deftones Around The Fur.
Next up were Lester Verde with their brand of desert/stoner rock. By now there were more people arriving so an atmosphere was starting to build up. I saw the band a few weeks previously and was not sure what to make of them although MR editor Phil Weller continued to sing their praises to me so it was time for a reassessment. The Salford band are currently recording an album at the moment so this set came across tighter with a mixture of riffage and some psychedelic ramblings (definite 60’s Doors/Hendrix influences). The band were really into their stride and were looking comfortable and in the zone when their set came to an end far too soon. The band are growing on me.
The Rocket Dolls introduced some punky rock’n’roll fun to the evening with a full on, high energy set. This was the last date on this Brighton based bands tour and they really seemed to let rip with their American styled catchy punk music which went down really well with the crowd. I really enjoyed them because they were that little bit different to the rest of the bands at this show and they were not taking themselves too seriously. Fun stuff!
Even before Manchester 5 piece Soma Dark hit the stage they were already making an impression with racks of Jackson guitars being carried across the floor and their matching amps and speakers all polished and looking lovely – for any musicians in the crowd this was serious gear porn. The sound-checking seemed to go on for ages too but when they finally hit the stage, oh boy, this was one very loud band, even with my earplugs in! Soma Dark are not just loud, they are heavy with it and they look like a seasoned pro band. The guitarists made all the right moves on stage and the drummer looked like he had declared World War III on his drum kit! At times the singing was crystal clear and enjoyable, at other times it was the growling chewing concrete sounds that do not appeal to me at all (but that’s just me). They were the opposite of The Rocket Dolls in that they seemed to be taking this very seriously!
I had to leave in order to catch the last train so I co-erced Cath Naylor of UpFromUnder to write a few words about the last band of the evening:
Riggots are a no nonsense band , just guitar and drums. No soundcheck, just plug in and play. An ethos that makes these guys easy to get straight into as they power through their set, energy never wavering, joining the crowd yet again in (what seems to be) their signature style for one song, or maybe the guys on the smoke machine were having too much fun. Either way the crowd lapped it up with grins all round, rockin next to the mic along with (Martin) Battle (Riggots). With time overrunning the club night, any club goers got far more than they bargained for, many having just been to see Stiff Little Fingers at the O2 Ritz, but we knew where it was at. Whether new or old these guys definitely had fans in and on the floor.
Words: Anthony Firmin and Cath Naylor / Photos: Anthony Firmin