King Creature & Reigning Days at Night People
Words: Anne Estella | Photos: Anthony Firmin
Question: What do KING CREATURE and Reigning Days have in common? Answer: They both ‘royally’ ripped up the stage at Manchester’s newest live music venue, Night People.
On the penultimate night of their ‘IVW X Marshall Records Presents: For The Record’ tour, Cornish four-piece KING CREATURE, fronted by the charismatic singer/bassist Dave Kellaway, were first to take to the stage as joint headliners. Formed four years ago, the band released their debut album, Volume One, last September, to critical acclaim and they woke up Night People like a tornado. The band stormed the stage with their no-nonsense, no-frills, epic hard rock sound and played an awesome set filled to the brim with heavy, foot-stomping tunes, killer hooks and grooves galore. Very much the embodiment of high-voltage rock n’ roll, KING CREATURE brought it all: There were dirty, chugging riffs, thumping drumbeats, blinding guitar solos topped with Kellaway’s muscular vocals. King For A Day and emotional ballad Can You Forgive Me were performed to perfection. We expected no less from a band who opened for Motörhead at The Eden Sessions in 2015, and they absolutely delivered.
Devonshire trio Reigning Days, fronted by Dan Steers, were equally impressive. Having recently released the impossibly snappy single Gravity, the purveyors of hard alt-rock played a short but super sweet set, ahead of the release of their debut full-length album Eclipse on 13th April.
Steers’ vocals were exemplary and there was something of Robert Smith (The Cure) about his unassuming demeanour. With melodic verses and hook-laden choruses, Crazy Horse and Renegade were two particularly noteworthy show stealers. Armed with new material to add to their repertoire, it won’t be long before Reigning Days are ruling more stages throughout the land.
And a special thanks to the friendly and helpful staff at Night People, we’ll be seeing you again soon!