Hey Bulldog at Jimmy's: Live Review
Words and Photos: Jo Lowes
Tonight I witnessed Hey Bulldog headline a hot and heaving Jimmy’s to a crowd that was eagerly waiting their arrival. The night was opened up by La Mode whose enigmatic front woman could rival Karen O in both full bodied vocals and taste in suits. Followed by Gardenback, the psychedelic influenced perfectly noisey garage rockers. Both bands were superb, they undeniable won over the audience and will have gained a few more followers from the gig.
The crowd was a mixture of eager fans, fellow bands and firm friends, who intricately knew the anthemic riffs of previously successful releases ‘Al Lupo’, ‘Stranger’ and ‘Divide and Conquer’ and were equally excited and appreciative of the experimental new direction the band are taking on their next track No Future Part II that is set for release December 8th. Garage, psych, blues, rock, there’s so many genres the trio masterfully absorb influences from, envelope and redefine to create their own unique unbreakable wall of sound. While naming their style may be difficult, enjoying those beautifully crafted guitar riffs and every present expertly played drums comes very easily. It is this genre bending blend that makes the band stand out against a sea of often repetitive bland indie that has saturated the Manchester scene in recent years. And while Hey Bulldog have already had critical acclaim for a few years now their ability to both develop and challenge their sound has kept them ground breaking and relevant. Overall an amazing gig from a band I am convinced will continue to gain status and support.