Category: Gig Reviews

Gender Roles/Floorboards/Scavengers – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach – 10 October 2019

This was David O’Neill’s first time in ‘Clwb’ as it’s known locally.  Brought by interest in the Cardiff-based openers Scavengers, he thought it might be an interesting evening.  Looking at the bios of the two bands unknown to him (Gender Roles and Floorboards) led him to listen to some of their tracks on Spotify on the way in the car.  Floorboards hail from Cheltenham and describe themselves as an emo/punk unit, while Gender Roles are an indie-punk three-piece from Brighton.  On listening to both bands tracks there was a fair bit to like, despite emo/punk/indie not being his thing. But, how would get on in the live environment? 

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Bloodshot Dawn/Rupturation/Becomes Astral – Belfast, The Speakeasy – 11 October 2019

The name of the venue for tonight’s feast of death metal may not have been a new one to me, but the setting certainly was. Until recently, The Speakeasy was located several hundred yards away on the first floor of the soon-to-be-demolished local Students’ Union building; however, although redevelopment plans for its former home seem to be temporarily on hold, the SU has found itself scattered to various corners of the Queen’s University campus, including what used to be a rather posh Japanese restaurant now stripped back and converted into a pop-up temporary venue…

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THVS/Alpha Twin/Fagash McCann – Belfast, Voodoo – 12 October 2019

Despite the band having been kicking around the Northern Ireland scene for a good few years, Monk only came across THVS and their self-styled “heavy pop” musical musings for the first time earlier this year, when they impressively managed to battle their way through to the final of the annual Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses contest. Obviously, the competition had its limitations for them, in that each set only lasted 20 minutes: so, tonight was a chance to catch the trio in all their headlining glory, as they marked the official release of their acerbic debut album, the appropriately titled ‘Fevers’…

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HRH Punk I – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 6 October 2019

Having had previous plans he couldn’t get out of, our resident gigaholic missed what was a strong opening day of the first instalment of HRH’s latest venture, HRH Punk. However, our very own travelling wilbury once more ventured over the Pennines to Steel City to catch the action on the second day, during which he found some tasty treats counter-balanced by some disappointments…

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Gary Numan/Kanga – Liverpool, O2 Academy – 30 September 2019

A local Liverpool gig for once sees our resident gigaholic move from the headbanging frenzy of last weekend’s Doom vs Stoner festival into somewhat ’80s territory, with new wave/synth pop pioneer Gary Numan a couple of nights in to his (R)evolution 40th anniversary tour. An hour 40 minutes of sheer alternative electronica goodness to come, it’s almost always a good night at his shows.

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Volbeat/Baroness/Danko Jones – Manchester, O2 Apollo – 1 October 2019

Volbeat are just wrapping up the latest leg of their tour to promote ‘Rewind, Replay, Rebound’, their latest album, with the last of the mainland UK dates just happening to be in our resident gigaholic’s second home of Manchester. Having enjoyed their gig so much at the Ritz just over a year ago, a chance to catch them with Danko Jones and Baroness was something the big lad couldn’t pass up… 

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