Gig review by Zak Edwards with Photography by Bianca Barrett

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Two trends have become more evident recently whilst attending gigs. Maybe it’s because I’m turning into a bit of an old fart (wrong side of 40) or maybe my observational powers are becoming more attuned to things going on around me. Who knows? Whichever of the two reasons is largely incidental, it’s more the observations themselves which need discussing. The first is the emergence at more and more venues of the 2 pint beer, for the grand saving of a quid. What the fuck is that all about!!! The beer, always served in plastic cups – which more often than not, fail the trades description act of being “fit for purpose” of actually containing said liquid for any length of time – and very often warm, goes flat as soon as it leaves the pump and therefore has to be virtually horizontal by the time the consumer is a 3rd of the way in. What’s the point?

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The second trend which I find a little mystifying is the growing number of bass players whom seem discontent to simply playing the one instrument. So ladies and gentlemen, add to this list of wannabe drummers and keyboard players, Wolfmother’s Ian Peres who more than ably took his hand(s) to the keys on his vintage Korg whilst pounding the living daylights out of his guitar. Lovely stuff!

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But enough of the main event, first let’s have a little natter to the mightily impressive Electric Citizen.

Taking their name from Edgar Broughton Band’s song “Death of an Electric Citizen”, the band seem to nod more than an ode to the Psychedelic rock of their namesakes era and thus made for the perfect undercard for the boys from Australia. Whilst vocally she couldn’t be any further from it, lead singer Laura Dolan had a touch of the Kate Bush about her, with her wide eyed bewildered singing style and backstroke induced dancing. Their debut album Sateen will definitely be getting an airing.

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Wolfmother made their way onto the stage at the rather early time of 8 bells to make sure they finished in time for another modern phenomena, the 10pm curfew. Not that it mattered a jot as the now packed out Rock City greeted the band noisily and enthusiastically.

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What initially strikes you about the boys from down under, is that they have a mahoosive sound for a three piece, delivering huge amounts of energy from the get go. It’s hard not to be impressed.

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Their sound, combining everything from hard rock, through to heavy metal and psychedelia, draws comparisons to Led Zeppelin, Sabbeth and fellow antipodeans AC/DC. It’s easy to see why as they blast from rip roaring song to rip roaring song like a bullet train with its volume turned up to 11.

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Superb musicianship is a term that shouldn’t be used lightly, but is one I’m happy to bestow upon the band. The rhythm section, were like a veritable box of frogs whom had consumed way too much caffeine with their driving powerhouse of a performance, in which they pushed each song to the limits of its musical tether, whilst lead guitarist/vocalist Stockdale delivered riff laden guitar solo one after another intertwined with power chord heavy melodies. Simply wondrous.

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‘Woman’ was the first of the ‘biggies’ that had the crowd pogoing along in the mosh pit and was excellent delivered, whilst ‘Gypsy Caravan’ – the stand out song from new album Victorious – was preached like a cult like sermon, subconsciously insisting that you bob your head in time with the other revellers. Everyone obliged. And as for the guitar riff on ‘Dimension’, let’s just say it was off the charts.

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Whilst it’s hard to deliver a criticism, if there is one which can be levied, it’s that there doesn’t tend to be a great deal of variation in their tunes. But if it ain’t broke…

The aptly named ‘Colossal’ finished off the set and then with arms aloft, by fans and musicians alike in some form of mutual admiration that was that. Sweaty bodies and smiles aplenty made their way to the exit revelling in the 90 minutes of musical glory that had just partaken.

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Set List: Victorious / New Moon Rising / Woman / Apple Tree / The Love That You Give / White Unicorn / White Feather / California Queen / How Many Times / Gypsy Caravan / Dimension / The Simple Life / Love Train / Mind’s Eye / Pretty Peggy / Pyramid / Vagabond / Colossal

Encore: Joker & the Thief

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