Evil Scarecrow, Dog Tired, The Empty Page
The Ruby Lounge, Manchester (UK)
27th January 2017
God, it’s been awhile since I’ve had this much fun. I’ve woken up with a sore neck and a ringing in my ear. Yup, it must have been a good one! Evil Scarecrow are one of those bands that just pull in great crowds, regardless of where they are. However, the Manchester audience were on fire. The Ruby Lounge was packed to the brim with mad hatter metal heads ready for a great show.
The rock n roll trio hit the stage with booming bass and a grungy, garage band style sound. For the most part they were really enjoyable with an “all guns blazing” attitude they certainly caught my attention. The guitar roared into life as the drum work framed everything out really nicely. The band were really at their best when they were unruly and wild. They had this old style college rock sound that suited me very well and I really enjoyed. Although the singer did hit some bum notes here and there. Not enough to make the set weak or anything, but very noticeable with the quieter moments of the set. The simplicity of their songs was their biggest strength. Nothing overly complicated just all-out rock and roll. I really liked it, Definitely worth checking out.
The Scottish metallers were up next and boy did I enjoy them. There’s something to be said for a band that near-deafens you, yet the first thing you do after the set is over is head to the merchandise stand and buy their music. Right from the start the energy and intensity emanating from them was so infectious you couldn’t help but love them. The riffs were consistent, the bass filled out the sound wonderfully, the drums were like gunshots. Just leave it to front-man, Chris Thomson to completely sell the performance, he was immediately captivating and interesting to watch. The band came across as so humble to the Manchester crowd, the glee in their faces when the crowd was screaming on through the performance and asking for more. Dog Tired, looked like they were having a blast which just made the performance so much more enjoyable. I was completely blown away and as I sit here writing this review, their album “It Came From The Sea” is on full blast. Genuinely, one to check out.
Now, one to the reason everyone came out on a dismal Manchester Friday night. The modern masters of performance metal. In support of the new single “Hurricanado”, the band comes on to The Scorpions classic “Rock You Like A Hurricane (nado)”, pretty sure that’s how it goes… The Nottingham five piece launch into a mind-meltingly good set with their theatrics integrated to make for, yet another, great set. I think the blend of heavy metal, sci-fi and horror tropes mix really nicely. Like any popular act they have the familiar staples to chew threw and they did so with expertise and obviously the crowd went into a frenzy for them. The sold-out crowd created an amazing atmosphere and the participation was wonderful. The sound was well balanced with every member sounding brilliant. Truly, nothing compares to an Evil Scarecrow set. The connection they have with their fans is excellent. Every time you see them you’re guaranteed a great stage show and a great set full of dancing, laughing and fun. One super fun night.
Text by Mick Birchall
Photos by Laura Piggford