Reptilian Humanoid at The Spinning Top: Live Review
Words & Photos: Anthony Firmin
It’s a hot and humid night in Stockport and with a dam on the verge of bursting few miles up the road we venture to the Spinning Top for some reptilian flavoured entertainment before we are washed away in a biblical flood.
First up are Crude Virtue who are ripping through some crude, raw songs with punky rock’n’roll attitude. They also describe themselves as metal, which they definitely weren’t this evening. However, we are suitably impressed and will check them out again.
It’s been quite a while since we last saw Sparrowhawk and the transformation has been impressive. Back then they didn’t sound like a band, it was like four people trying to play together and at the time I maligned them for it too. Now they are a more cohesive unit and the songs have more of a band feel and structure. The cover they do is the low point and needs to be ditched as is reminiscent of their bad old days, otherwise it is nice to see them improving.
The Iizard like Reptilian Humanoid are heading up tonight’s billing and they are on seriously good form. Chris Taylor is settling in as their singer, his voice providing a similar dynamic to Keenan but having a clarity live that was previously missing. The Lizard being performed faultlessly, as is much of their set, reflects the effort put in by the band over the years. The beast that is the Megalachong rears it’s head once more and is a monster of a tune as the band are bathed in turquoise lights.
Tonight we get a mix that is sympathetic to the keyboards allows Charlie Powell synth sounds to shine through although at times to the detriment of Dan Thornton’s guitar but when those licks came through they shone brightly, and like a rock the rhythm section is solid. This band needs to be much bigger than they are... watch this space and be on the lookout for David Icke and the lizards too!