Frank Carter @ Gorilla
Former Gallows man lives up to his promise to tear us to pieces
Words: Jay Kirk | Photos: Cai Dixon
The mighty Frank Carter returned to Manchester for the first date of his 2016 fall tour, with a promise to tear Gorilla, and everyone in attendance, to pieces. Alongside his Rattlesnakes, his name is known to inspire fear in the hearts of those lucky enough to grab a ticket to a show, and their live experience falls nothing short of pure chaos.
The MVP’s kicked off the night playing to a tame crowd of 20-30 people at the max, which didn’t stop them playing with energy and enthusiasm that got the small number ready for Dead!, a band who have quite a name for themselves in the pop punk underground scene. Both sets seem forgotten after such a memorable set from Mr Carter, but both bands were received well by the crowd, which was constantly expanding as the madness Frank Carter promised to bring could be tasted in the air.
From the second Frank walked on stage, attired in his trademark Gucci suit, any doubt in his live performance was buried. Trouble off the Rattlesnake's debut and only album, kicked off the set, and simultaneously began a set filled with passion, anger, love and regret that left no one disappointed.
The first few songs blended into one big beautiful mess, great music, an unbelievably energetic crowd, and one crazy frontman. On stage Frank Carter possesses an aurora matched by no one, unwavering control over a crowd, and a earned mutual respect like no one could achieve in the same way.
If it hadn't already been established, Frank standing on the crowd as he screamed Juggernaut into the faces of mesmerised fans, certainly proved this band are one to be watching out for in the next few years. With a musical ability and live performance that surpasses their size by leagues, there are certainly huge things in store for Mr Carter and his Rattlesnakes.
In the polar opposite style to their set so far, Frank ordered every person in Gorilla to sit down. Not kneel, sit. He spoke of loved ones passing and the emotional pain it can cause. He then performed a toned down version of Beautiful Death and as the name of the song entails, it was truly beautiful. The crowd showed deep respect to a song that clearly meant a lot to Carter and were so silent the sound of the air conditioning could be heard in Gorilla whilst Frank poured his soul onto a crowd that went from moshing to crying in a mere five minutes.
Crowd favourite I hate you was introduced as Frank promised to return to Manchester in March, and he spoke no lie. He will be returning with new album Modern Ruin on the 17th March 2017 at Manchester's Academy 2, and his show at Gorilla proved it's not one to miss. Finishing the show in spectacular style, Frank Carter left his Rattlesnakes and crowd surfed to the balcony at the back of the Gorilla and with no words needed, simply bowed and thanked the crowd for an incredible evening, and that it was.