A quirky little pub in South London with an Alsatian sitting on the roof and cheap beer. What more could you ask for? Crazy, up in your face, ear-melting bands? Yeah they’ve got that too. And on a night that showcased three up and coming bands it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Frauds instantly blew everyone’s eardrums into oblivion, with their heavily distorted groovy riffs and pounding drums that sound like The Black Keys on ‘roids. Although only a two piece, the Croydon based rockers generate the noise of a full piece band with ease and have an onstage chemistry most bands would kill for.
The shared vocals worked well at times, especially with the synchronized screams. However when singing separately it’s easy to see that Chris (drums) has the better vocals of the two, whilst Mike (guitar) is noticeably straining or going off key at some points. It would be easy to compare Frauds with other currently popular two piece bands, such as The Black Keys or Royal Blood, but I feel like Frauds are way heavier and more driven. They feel more like the dirty love child of both bands.
With three EP’s dating back to 2013 and a single released in April this year, we could be expecting a debut album from the post-hardcore rockers soon.
The band inject a rabid energy into the venue, which many bands struggle to do on such an intimate stage. Vocalist Harry Davies prowls around the venue freely, looking for the next person to unleash his splintering scream on, whilst his band mates throw themselves around the stage as if possessed by musical demons on acid.
Lead guitarist, Alexander Gibbons is a talent to behold. He wows the crowd with furious fret tapping, balancing acts and playing a solo with a bottle that he took from the crowd.
The only downside to the set is that it’s not long enough, but since the band are still in their embryonic stages, all is forgiven. Overall, I Cried Wolf are an exciting and promising new band and were born to play live.
The St. Pierre Snake Invasion came to the Windmill with the sole purpose of bringing it to the ground. That’s one thing they make clear as they blast into a thunderous set, with vocalist, Damien Sayell screaming: “this is the most fun that I’ve had in years!”
The lads from Bristol played songs from both of their previous EPs as well as several new tracks from their upcoming debut album A Hundred Years A Day.
Vocalist Damien Sayell is the heart and soul of the band, screaming at the crowd with a voice tainted by fire. He goes a long way to making the band what is, as other band members fail to excite or interact with the crowd at all. In spite of this, they manage to blast through a memorable set.
By the end of the set Damien has folded over in a mound of blood, sweat and tears. A fantastic live band and one to keep an eye on.
Words and photos by Liam Williams