Any band wondering about how to create a grass roots buzz about themselves should have a long hard look at Power Trip.
I have rarely in my life seen a venue as rammed to capacity as this tonight.
There isn’t room to breathe, and forcing through the mass of crammed bodies to even get a drink at the bar is nigh on impossible.
How did Power Trip do this when established bands cant fill the place respectably?
Well, it’s a gig to be seen at. It is Insta-friendly. The scene is here. And that feels good.
So if this is anything to go by, big things are happening for a band who’ve worked hard with their late 80s / early 90s crossover thrash, bringing the look and feel of that era right back into your face.
They are sharp and energetic from the off.
Riley Gale is a picture with his white long sleeve logo sweater (elasticated cuffs) and hick moustache plus mullet combo, all set off with a baseball cap looking for all the world like he just left a Combat Records lineup shot.
And no sooner have the first chords been struck than eager crowd members are trying to get up on stage with him. Succeeding too: the ridiculous aerial achievements as a hive of moshers vault from stage to pit at this gig tonight are a thing to see indeed.
There’s a decent mix of old and new, but of course its the ‘Nightmare Logic’ stuff that the crowd is singing the choruses to back at them.
Standing back objectively, even though there’s no room to whatsoever in the breathing room only Manchester Rebellion, they’re really just a mashup of Cro Mags, Slayer and Exodus – a fact which somehow is easy to overlook on record where the subtleties offer a bit more differentiation than that.
But there are no subtleties here as the bodies fly around the overwhelmed bouncers.
An absolutely cracking show, they’re selling that old school logo merch hand over fist, and their enthusiasm and colour is quite the filip at this particular time.
Next years Mastodon big metal breakthrough?
Dont rule it out. You dont get 400 people in a club at this stage for no reason.
– Earl Grey ::: 15/08/18
– Pics by Matthew Sheldon and Fergal87