Massive Wagons + Henry's Funeral Shoe + KYNGS @ Rebellion
On 9th March, Rebellion Manchester proved that brothers are also ‘Doin’ It for Themselves’…
Opening for Massive Wagons on the first night of their nine-date UK Spring tour, Manchester-based four-piece KYNGS won the crowd over with an impressive set and authentic, raw, rock ‘n’ roll sound. The band, comprising frontman Sam Longhurst on guitar and vocals, Dave Beckett on lead guitar, Brodie Carson on drums and Tom Redford on bass, delivered an assured, riff-heavy set, served with a generous helping of groove.
Sam’s unique dance style added an extra dimension to the performance, the highlight of which, for me, was the excellent penultimate song Proud. For the last song, Hurricane, alt-model and dancer Luci Fallen joined the lads on stage.
With a tour of the UK and Italy in the pipeline, keep an eye on KYNGS’ Facebook page for future gig details as they’re announced.
Hailing from South Wales, Henry’s Funeral Shoe, comprising brothers Aled Clifford on vocals and guitar and Brennig Clifford on drums and percussion, aptly demonstrated that being a twosome is no barrier to creating a big sound, as the dexterous duo played their own distinctive blend of soulful, pounding, heavy rock and psychedelic blues.
Brennig – described by Aled as ‘the brains of the group’ - was on fire in every sense of the word, often tipping a bottle of water over his head to cool down. His animated drumming (and amazing drumstick spinning) produced a fantastically raucous, foot-stomping beat and he looked like he was having the time of his life!
Aled also gave it his all, with sweat dripping off of him by the end. Aside from his deft musicianship, he had a great rapport with the crowd and told an amusing tale behind one of the songs, about a Welsh stripper he once knew called Janice...
Henry’s Funeral Shoe will be appearing at Wildfire Festival, Ramblin’ Man Fair and Custom Rock and Blues Festival this summer.
Carnforth five-piece Massive Wagons, consisting of Baz Mills, Stevie Holl, Adam 'Bowz' Bouskill and brothers Adam and Alex Thistlethwaite, burst onto the stage with exuberance, kicking off with a sensational Back To The Stack. They performed part of the song moving perfectly in-sync, which was visually enthralling and it wasn’t long before Baz’s Bowler hat and jacket came off as he performed – mic stand swinging aloft - to a packed-out club.
Formed in 2009, Massive Wagons have built up a loyal fan-base so it was no surprise that when Baz asked how many people had seen them play before, nearly everyone present responded that they had. The band played together with aplomb - Adam Bouskill was an absolute beast on the bass, whilst Adam Thistlethwaite dazzled with some super slick guitar solos.
The band played a couple of songs from their new album, such as Sunshine Smile and China Plates, whilst Ratio had everybody jumping up and down and was possibly the most popular song of the night. Baz is clearly a natural born showman and his vocals sounded great. With an instantly likeable personality, he was only too happy to pose close-up for videos and periodically held out his mic to individuals to join in.
Fight The System and Tokyo also went down a storm and the show ended with zealous moshing to the high-octane Fee Fi Fo Fum. With shows like this, Massive Wagons are steadily going from strength to strength and are sure to gain an even larger following. They will be featured at numerous festivals this summer, including a headline slot at SOS Festival’s BIG Rock Sunday on 15th July. See the SOS Facebook page for details.