HEADLINERS: FOXING | SUPPORT: KAMIKAZE GIRLS, PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH

VENUE: REBELLION, MANCHESTER | DATE: 12TH AUG 2018

KAMIKAZE GIRLS (7)  started with a bang. Ever since the birth of bands like Nai Harvest the two-piece dynamic has had a place in my heart, it takes true musicianship to fill the sonic gap made by downsizing from your average quartet – Kamikaze Girls nailed it. Hailing from both Leeds and London, the rock band – ironically signed to ladyfuzz – brought about mostly fast fuzzy punk-like jams.

Credit has to be given Kamikaze drummer, producing pounding atmosphere throughout their set. Something I found really respectable was the bands general message, highlighting the struggles of mental health and the LGBT community, something that many of the fans resonated with.

The band peaked at their penultimate song, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Sad Forever’. The track followed a more post-rocky vibe to the rest of the set with reverberating guitar leads creating an incredible build up and amazingly full climax. For such an underrated, unknown band I’m really excited to see what Kamikaze girls have in store next

After Kamikaze Girl’s performance, it was time for PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH (8) to sink their teeth in too. As a fan of the band for some time, they’ve become one of the many to have mellowed with age. From loud, messy post-hardcore to melodic, shoegaze’esk post-rock they have always had the message of angst, anger and sadness – maybe now with more of the latter.

Kicking off with Lesions before progressing into Ripple Water Shine, it was nice to see the band had kept a lot of their mostly to songs off their album ‘Keep You’. Songs like April proved their amazing presence, with soaring riffs which cut through enough to raise hairs on end.

The crowd had loosened up quite a bit at this point, partly due to the constant fountain of pints being poured behind bar but mostly from the band’s passionate stage presence. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed Kyle Durfey didn’t fulfil the passionate scream on the track Hiding like on record but nevertheless the bands ability to manifest an incredible atmosphere made up for that. Their song Say Nothing being a shining example, with the crowd screaming back creating an encapsulating finale to their set.

With the release of FOXING’S (9) third full length “Nearer My God”  two days’ prior, I was itching to see what the Missouri boys had in store for us. Going for a cig break before their set was somehow fitting, a grey and dreary Manchester evening (got to love Northern weather) was like a weird nostalgia trip back to the melancholic winter days in which I fell in love with the band.

Their set opened off with the title track from their new album, it was faster and darker than the Foxing we’re used to but it was refreshing. Having seen Foxing a few years ago, there was one aspect of their performance that rose beyond their incredible instrumentation, their stage presence – something the band still pulled off.

It’s nice to see Connor Murphey’s trumpet skills haven’t gone to waste either, with Connor busting out an epic trumpet lead in Night Channels. The new song Slapstick displayed the bands ability to brilliantly vocally harmonise, with a key change that got the crowd bouncing. Drawing their set to a close, the band chose the most fitting song to end it. ‘Rory’ had beautiful mathy riffs over passionate vocals the song encapsulated everything that makes the band so unique, both in performance and sonically – energy. 

WORDS: JACK RAMPAGE | PHOTOS: JESSICA JONES

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