Black Doldrums, The DeeVees and The Papashangos at Night People
It’s been about a year since the last ‘ManchesterRocks presents’ show so we thought it was about time we did another.
Very much a last minute booking were Bolton based The Papashangos who’s singer, Lolly Shango is the total focus of their performance. Whilst the rest of the band provide a solid wall of punk rock sound Lolly is like a tornado, stirring up all sorts of trouble – from dressing members of the audience in ponchos to laying on the bar serenading the bar staff – a cover of Tom Jones’ Delilah engaging everyone! With the floor covered in their own money, redundant ponchos and popped balloons, The Papashango’s certainly left their mark with an in your face show.
This is only the third gig of The DeeVees having made their debut last December, this evening’s performance showing a continued growth in confidence and a maturing of style. Featuring 2/3 of Bones Shake and the bassist from The Devil In Faust, the band undoubtedly have some pedigree which they put to good use in the varying songs. More restrained than Bones Shake they still embody a punk/garage/blues in their style most notably in Piece Of Shit, a working title that seems to have stuck. David Brennan remains a enigmatic front-man throughout even with a guitar around his neck. The future is definitely interesting for this band.
London based heavy psyche duo, Black Doldrums are currently on 17 date tour of the UK and Ireland in support of their new single Those With A Rope Around Their neck (Don’t Always Hang). Tonight’s performance is everything we come to expect from the band, a set of droning, dark psyche, shoe-gaze g with echo drenched and layered guitars from Kevin Gibbard and a pounding drum sound, along with a new synth sound, an interesting addition for drummer Sophia Lacroix, together making a sound that is far bigger than the two of them. Their set flies by and is enjoyed by all present, it includes the new single as well as what seems like an extended City Lights/Exit City Lights before ending with It’s A Dandy Massacre.