Fiver Night at the Castle Hotel: Live Review
Each month Degenerate Productions finds five emerging artists and puts them on a line-up. Five acts - Five Quid. We went along to the Castle Hotel in the Northern Quarter to find out what all the fuss is about and discover a great value, high energy evening… and five exciting acts.
Words and photos: Anthony Firmin
We arrived towards the end the opening act Ashley Sherlock with his trio performing a classic blues-rock set, he is well known on the local circuit and he has improved massively since we last caught him. The songs we catch are both melodious and rocking, a shame we didn’t see more – always next time.
Like the Duracell bunny on speed, Skinners Lane owned the stage and the floor, it was a performance that was both exciting and impressive. This multinational band, currently based in Liverpool played a raw, punky rock that zig-zagged its way through multiple genres. Chris Jones bass solo brought back memories of Jaco Pastorius, yes he is that good! Zack’s vocals are clear and he has a great rapport with the audience. The band promised a return to Manchester... the anticipation is great.
Swine are an interesting newish band playing a punk/new wave style that at times is reminiscent of The Stranglers even managing a ska cover to mix up their energetic set.
We are no strangers to Dollie Demi having caught them several times before, and we are once more impressed by their ‘raw like sushi’ garage punk approach to performing and songwriting. Demi’s voice continues to remind us of late 70’s new waver Lena Lovich as she bounces around the stage in a dress that is like a technicolour Christmas tree. Fan favourites abound with Sexy AF and He’s Not Getting Some for me being stand out songs in a crammed nine song set.
Finishing up the evening are Manchester band Sour Punch who describe themselves as indie but at times have more of a classic rock sound, a sound which at times dips into psychedelia, sometimes lighter with a Queensryche vibe, sometimes with a Motörhead vibe. Even with this massive mash-up of styles Sour Punch impressed greatly!