WORDS: OTTO BALFOUR | PHOTOS: ESME BONES
Tyrant Lizard Kings, also known as Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes headed up one hell
of a lineup at the Hackney pub, The Sebright Arms. On an already warm spring evening, the Hopscotch event hosted by Radio 1 DJ, Jack Saunders meant only one thing, SWEAT!
Frank, alongside his bandmates launched straight into their set with ‘Crowbar’ and in
typical Rattlesnakes fashion, chaos ensued. Before the pub could finish off the first eruption of cheering and applause, the entire room exploded into an almost kaleidoscopic frenzy of flailing limbs and bodies. The snake pit was out in full force.
With such a unique command over the audience, Frank almost choreographs the room
through the following numbers ‘Wild Flowers’ and ‘Vampires’ with little rest in between. The
relentless barrage of fierce tracks was seamlessly intertwined with the unreleased song, from which they took tonight’s moniker, ‘Tyrant Lizard King’; a sneak peak into what is to come on their upcoming record ‘The End of Suffering’. To any first-time attendee of a Rattlesnake’s show, the bluesy, bass driven head-banger would not have appeared to be unreleased with the audience showing no desire for respite. With a name such as Tom Morello featuring on the recording, ‘Tyrant Lizard King’ is set to be a future fan favourite. A truly standout moment was the band’s one-minute-wonder ‘Jackals’. Dean Richardson hastily jumped into the centre of an already formed circle pit and performed as if he was just another punter who had had too many pints.
The band then busted out another unreleased song, ‘Heartbreakers’ accompanied by a
females only mosh pit. The band’s unrelenting message of making gigs a safe environment for each and every attendee truly came to light during this awesome tune. To end the evening, Frank and co. blasted through a few classic Rattlesnake tunes with ‘Juggernaut’, ‘Devil Inside Me’ and ‘I Hate You’.
The sing along for ‘I Hate You’ as always nearlydrowned out the band. The chorus sounded as if it was being yelled by thousands of fans asopposed to the hundred or so people actually present. By the end of the ten song set, the ceiling of the pub venue was raining back down on the attendees. A truly unforgettable evening. Is there simply nothing this band can’t do?
THE NEW ALBUM, END OF SUFFERING, IS OUT 3RD MAY