hAG­GARD CAT

SCREECh BATS/JONNY hAL­I­FAX & ThE hOWL­ING TRUTh

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Lives - ALEX DELLER

THE SE­BRIGHT ARMS, LONDON

JONNY HAL­I­FAX & THE HOWL­ING

TRUTH [5] are the first of tonight’s sup­port acts, play­ing swirling blues rock that’s equal parts Gun Club and Earth­less. It tends to­ward a form­less morass, but at least Jonny dis­tracts by look­ing like a mur­der­ous Deep South preacher. If you fancy vel­vety songs about sex, death and aliens then SCREECH

BATS [6] de­liver, iron­ing out the kinks as they go and leav­ing us mulling the idea of Danzig cov­er­ing The Sovi­ettes. HAG­GARD CAT [8] bowl on­stage like they’re waltz­ing into the chippy af­ter five beers, but their mat­ter-of-fact de­meanour be­lies hulk­ing po­ten­tial. While ves­ti­gial tricksi­ness al­ludes to their post-hard­core past as Heck, front­man Matt reynolds and drum­mer Tom Marsh tap into some­thing more pri­mal, rip­ping through a fat-free set of pound­ing, blues-scorched rawk à la Led Zep and Karma To Burn. From opener Grave Dig­ger on things don’t re­lent,

and when Amer­i­can Graf­fiti has

Matt hol­ler­ing ‘I’m not the devil I’m a moth­er­fuck­ing god!’ you do won­der if he might have a point.

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