Flickertail - The Spinning Top: Live Review

Flickertail - The Spinning Top: Live Review

Words and Photos: Anthony Firmin

We bumped into Aussie rockers Flickertail at last weeks Edensong show and they invited us to their gig at The Spinning Top in Stockport so it would have been rude not to attend.

The band claim their primary interests are wearing kilts and drinking Guinness so we were disappointed that neither were in evidence this evening.  What is in evidence are a tight classic rock band who are ready to rock and start off with their best known number – Let There Be Love.  And rock they do as singer/guitarist Liam Whelan has as much energy as a nuclear power station – using their guitars as fuel rods – and this is a set that moves at a relentless pace, the band barely catching their collective breaths between songs.

They are a thoughtful bunch, and as Christmas is approaching they dedicate a song to all the dickheads in your family – and each family has at least one! Equally thoughtfully they also include several covers in their set, David Bowie’s Heroes takes on another life with their interpretation, as does The Beatles I Am The Walrus which is certainly different.  Of their own songs, their influences shine through with Thin Lizzy twin solos and riffs working their way though, a style that works well for them.

The venue is heart-warmingly full this evening and condensation is dripping off the walls and the windows as the band finish their set, even managing a well deserved encore.

Fickertail claim to have conquered every state in Australia, Europe and the UK is their next target and judging by this performance they are well on the way to more glory!

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