With Black Moth/Wet Nuns/Throne
10th October 2012
Review by by James Meakin
Photography by Andre Purvis
The scene of stoner/groove/doom rock is one shrouded in mystery with an almost cult like underground following. Stories of rare Sleep cuts and Desert Sessions are spoken of in whispers and rumours around smoky student digs and dark metal bar corners. The following was out in force to see four outstanding new bands perform bone crunching heavy music in the cavernous London Garage.
The feeling of seeing a doomey stoner rock band really hit their stride is something that any rock music aficionado needs to see at least a few times in their life, luckily tonight for the paying punters; new comers Throne come with something to prove.
First on amongst a terrific line up pommel the early birds into a gibbering mess.
Their heavy slowed down Sabbath/Sleep influenced noise is digested by the crowd and tests the venue’s PA low end potential to its max. There isn’t a whole lot to look at, not a whole lot of stage presence but this is not the time or the place for theatrics or rock star bravado. They really do hit that groove and find the thud and chug that comes as standard from such an act. [3/5]
There’s little that needs to be said about the gruesome twosome that is Wet Nuns.
Simplicity in rock is something seldom seen but these two Sheffield lads really do make a serious racket. Their grinding riffs and well developed bare knuckle drum beats make their set fantastically enjoyable. They lack a certain amount of personal guile but seeing two guys beat the snot out of their skins and orange amps is something to behold. Hilarious jokes separate songs that sounds like stripped down, slowed up Black Sabbath. Wet Nuns seem to be some form of post apocalyptic sludgy blues that really hits the spot. Guitarist Rob is extremely talented and has a fantastic connection with drummer Alexis who together handle their brand of bizarre Sheffield black rock very well. [4/5]
Black Moth’s following amongst the venue, now teaming with people from all walks of life, make this show feel like it is almost a duel headline. The juxtaposition between the two members of Wet Nuns and the five members of Black Moth is visually sumptuous. Black Moth play through a much more traditional classic rock vibe with vocalist Harriet Bevan demonstrating the power of what a female vocalist with such great pipes can do.
Tracks such as get the crowd moving and inspire a build up of chugging low-fi fuzz which creates a delightful mire of weight. Black Moths strengths lie in their massive riffs which are put on show by the very able guitarists Jim Swainston and Nico Carew really making them a band for anyone with an ear to the ground in British rock to take notice. [4/5]
Headliners Turbowolf release the mighty head of Tutankhamen from behind the ominous drape situated downstage. The frightening effigy of the dead prince watches over four guys hit the sweet spot of live music.
Vocalist Chris Georgiadis has a magnetic personality, when he is not exchanging banter with members of the crowd he is slamming triggers and keys on his electronics and generating Zeppelin style weirdness from his Theremin. Guitarist Andy Ghosh looks like something out of the 70s New York punk scene with an attitude to match. Turbowolf Devour such classics from their back catalogue such as Ancient Snake and A Rose for the Crows.
Their fantastic covers album was also on show this evening with ‘Fallen in Love’ echoing threateningly around the venue and Bolt Throwers Captain Caveman carving it up in the pit.
Georgiadis spends much of his time getting up close and personal with the members of the first row while at the same time demonstrating the massive talent he has in his lungs.
They create a sound somewhere between the heaviness of Black Sabbath, the garage rock bravado of the MC5 all brought hurtling towards the twenty-first century by Turbowolf, who despite this classic sound, create something extremely relevant. This is Turbowolf’s first headline tour but from their togetherness it sounds like they have been doing it forever. [4/5]