Date: 14th March 2018
Review and Photos By: Ryan Whitwell / Shotison Media
Big night in Kings Cross as a packed Scala witnessed a couple of newer bands, each with their own style, warming up the crowd for Turbowolf who are currently touring their third album.
First up were Brighton based alt rock band, Big Spring. These guys had some big bass lines and a generally fuzzy tone but with clean vocals adding a bit of variety to their sound.
They had some interesting song structures, with verses often being a bit more staccato and choruses have a more flowing vibe.
Great set and a good job by Big Spring, getting the crowd warmed up with some clapping along at times and great responses to their set.
I especially liked the last number. It showed a heavier side with a nice simple riff, a down and dirty bassline and numerous drum fills.
Puppy were next up, and these guys seem to have quite a following already. They recently released their second EP, Vol II and played a few tracks from that tonight alongside older numbers.
After walking out to Warren G and Nate Dogg’s ‘Regulate’, Puppy kicked off the set with ‘Entombed’. I hadn’t heard or seen these guys before and straight away the particular vocal style with the heavier guitar and drums made me think Smashing Pumpkins are an influence for elements of this band.
The crowd were in good voice, but they really got into it for the third number ‘Just Like You’. It certainly had a sing along vibe, with nice clear vocals and long notes for fans to really belt out.
After that third number, the mood stayed elevated. Proof of that was when the band started ‘The Great Beyond’ and fans were singing along to the opening guitar riff. I loved the response from the crowd, it really lifted the set and for me was a great introduction to the band.
Headliners Turbowolf walked out to great cheer and applause from the ready crowd. Since their first album back in 2011, I have been following these guys and have liked most of the music they have produced, but I haven’t seen them live for quite a few years. I am happy to report that they are still as good live now as they were seven years ago!
Scala feels like the perfect sized venue for Turbowolf. The crowd was packed in, the music was loud and intense and that just exacerbated the connection between front man, Chris Georgiadis, and the crowd. At times the connection went a bit further with Chris embarking on some crowd surfing and standing in the open space the crowd had reserved for a mosh pit.
The set was pretty full-on, with rarely a slow moment in there. The only bit of downtime was just before ‘Rabbit’s Foot’ with a rendition of ‘Run Rabbit Run’, but that was short lived before the bouncing rhythm of the main song kicked in.
For me, the fans were what took this gig from ‘good’ to ‘great’. Sweat and beer was flying as the heavier style of fan favourites like ‘Rose for the Crows’ and ‘The Big Cut’ giving people no option but to burn every calorie they could spare.
The energy and intensity was also present on stage. But I loved the little moments between songs in which Chris and bassist, Lianna Lee Davies, having some little chats with the crowd.
It’s kind of hard to pick out any particular details, as I was having so much fun and got swept up in the set, which isn’t the best mindset when you need to review a gig. But that’s the kind of live act Turbowolf are, they make it nigh on impossible to think straight when you are there!
1. Capital X
2. American Mirrors
3. Cheap Magic
4. Solid Gold
6. Ancient Snake
7. The Big Cut
9. Good Hand
10. Very Bad
11. Rose for the Crows
12. Rabbit’s Foot
13. The Free Life