Crobot and Scorpion Child are currently on a Europe-wide tour plying their groove laden rock and roll to many a welcoming fan and tonight The Live Rooms in Chester went back a few decades to when sideboards were on the side of your face rather than in the dining room.
Support tonight comes from the Welsh rockers Buffalo Summer who with a number of good tours and festival appearances and a great album are knocking on the door ready to show us all what they can do.
Having seen them a number of times now I know their sound will fit in with the main bands as they have that classic 70′s rock sound albeit slightly more melodic than most.
They play alot of new tracks tonight and seem to be relishing sharing the stage with their peers, Andrew Hunt delivers his soulful vocals over the steady backline of his brother on drums and Darren King on bass whilst Jonny Williams thrashes out he riffs on guitar. The set tonight was actually one of the best I have heard them play in along time, tight and full of passion.
Scorpion Child certainly take the place by storm as the tones go down a few octaves and the sound fills with thick lead riffs and the music gets a bit darker. Having only formed a few years ago they have the feel and stage presence of rock journeymen
Frontman Aryn uses every inch of the stage with one of the best rock voices I have heard in a long time, clean/cutting and rough-edged where needed.
While they might be Austin based they certainly remind me of a certain black country band led by Mr Plant which is not bad thing as they make the sound their own as they go through a set mainly from their debut album ‘Scorpion Child’.
‘Kings Highway’, a slow burner that has deep bass lines running through it and ‘Polygon Of Eyes’ again sees the deeps riffs come through as the thick driving beat leads into seering guitar licks, you would never think that guitarist Chris Cowart had actually being quite sick over the past days by his performance tonight.
Crobot hit the stage with a wave of wah-wah as the opening riffs of ‘Spaceborne Killer’ yet again tries to rearrange our internal organs with thick bass lines. Although with a distinctly heavier sound than Scorpion Child they still have that groove in their delivery and swagger about them which – mixed with the amount of energy exuded by them on stage – is infectious and gets the crowd moving.
The album title ‘Something Supernatural’ and indeed some of the song titles hint at their likeness of the scifi and supernatual, ‘Chupacabra’ being one of them. Vocalist Brandon Yeagley teases the mic stand as he writhes around and delivers his vocals whilst bassist Jake Figueroa pulls all the moves he can whilst hammering the life out of his bass. Throwing in tracks like ‘Necromancer’ and ‘Play It Cool’ sees some great harmonica fills cutting through the thick sound before they finish the set with ‘Fly On The Wall’.
As far as gigs go this must rate as one of the best of the year. Crobot and Scorpion Child were well matched whilst Buffalo Summer held their ground against these two mighty American bands.
Review and photos by Simon Dunkerley
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