SCREECh BATS/JONNY hALIFAX & ThE hOWLING TRUTh
THE SEBRIGHT ARMS, LONDON
JONNY HALIFAX & THE HOWLING
TRUTH  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  deliver, ironing out the kinks as they go and leaving us mulling the idea of Danzig covering The Soviettes. HAGGARD CAT  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.