Review by Sabrina Selkis
Photography by Graham Hilling
30th March 2016
The Carnival is in town tonight and it is invading the Electric Ballroom.
Although it is disappointing not to have American Head Charge on the bill anymore, the promoters solved the issue by getting local bands as openers and propelled Sanguine as main support. In London we are of course treated to our very own Stereo Juggernaut.
The four piece band never disappoints, and always puts on a good show. Tonight is no exception.
Their 30 minutes set is well played and full of energy. There is already quite a large audience who seem to be having a great time.
Next to take the stage is Exeter based Sanguine. Their half hour show is quite intense. The female fronted 4 piece band includes Tarin Kerrey on vocals, Nick Magee on guitars and vocals, Ross Andrew is on bass and Matt Feld on drums.
Their energy and passion don’t go unnoticed, and from the second song, there is lots of activity in the mosh pit.
From covering AHC’s ”Loyalty” to carrying and waving a big red and black union jack flag, as well as making the audience growl like wolves as an introduction to one of their song, Sanguine owns the place.
After a 30 minutes turn over, it is time for the big show. This is the 11th show of Mushroomhead UK tour.
At 9.40 pm, the black covers are removed from the drums and UV light comes on. One by one they appear, the crowd cheering as they come. Let the spectacle begin!
The American band is composed of seven members, each sporting their very own mask.
They open with ‘Qwerty’, the guitars are heavy, and the drums loud- this is the beginning of mayhem.Not one minute is boring, and the water drums are hypnotizing, but I do wonder about the photographers at the front! (Yes, it was quite wet! – Graham)
On ‘We Are The Truth’ the spitting image of Harley Quinn gets on the stage to sing with them.
This is non other than Jackie LaPonza from UnSaid Fate.She even ends up in the photo pit to get closer to the fans.
On ‘Before I Die’, one of the band member ( unfortunally I couldn’t see who from where I was standing) even goes crowd surfing!
Jackie reappears later on the song ‘One More Day’ wearing a white wedding dress and a Marie Antoinette style wig.
Mushroomhead goes on with still lots of force and noise.The whole show went by in a flash and left the audience very satisfied.
Tonight wasn’t Halloween but it bloody looked like it!