Queen Bee and the Drones @ Night & Day Café
On a balmy summer evening we swarm to Night & Day for their Local Showcase event as we hear there is hive in town and we are buzzing to experience it!
Brief Legend, a local punk/rocktwo piece (Ricco on guitar and Dee on bass) hit the stage 20 mins later than planned and brought their punk attitude to Manchester. From a Beatles cover played at 250mph to their own with titles such as Bedshit, Shitload and I Hate You, they bring a huge bundle of joy to the venue – happiness is just not their thing. However, they manage to cram 13 songs into their allotted 30 minutes.
Tonight is the debut gig from Manchester alt-rockers PolarEyes, who couldn’t be more different to the previous band. Not only is it the debut gig but today is the day they have completely finished their first EP which we will look forward to hearing in the future; their single, Refrain, goes down well with the crowd. And if there are nerves tonight then they are not showing as they pull off a confident sent. The band is reminiscent of Young Guns and Mallory Knox so are likely to appeal broadly.
Penultimate band in this local showcase are north-Manchester’s Pandemic, your classic hard rock firmly in the mould of the likes of UFO. Singer John Robinson has a distinctive voice which helps to propel the band’s music. Their new single, iStalker, is a cracker although their cover of Spandau Ballet’s Gold fails miserably – why do bands do this? Post gig research finds the band also appears to be called Burnt Horizon with links to their music all associated with this alternative name in case you go looking for it.
We caught one of the first gigs by Queen Bee and the Drones at the Ruby Lounge back in April and were suitably impressed with their symphonic metal sounds. Tonight they are technically headlining this showcase and open up with the epic Endless Journey and followed it up with Awoken, singer Firouzeh’s vocals in fine form as she commands the stage as Queen Bee in her black gothic dress and tiara! A speedier song, No Regrets, turns out to be the first song the wrote together whereas fire is clearly a vehicle for Firouzeh’s immensely powerful voice. But it is not all about the singer; Polish guitarist Mario's riffage is paramount to the band's sound as are Greg's keybaords which provide that vital metallic orchestral input.
Lost Soul and set closer Head would sit well in the repertoire of many symphonic metal bands and the encore of Ember returns to the speedier sounds experienced earlier in the set. Personally I am really looking forward to both seeing them again and hearing a full release from the band. I think the future is buzzing for this band!