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Hawk Eyes, God Damn, Carnivores at Sleazy’s, 20/2/15

Upon entering Sleazy’s, it is clear that the compact setup would be perfect for the bands that are about to take stage.

First up is Carnivores, and the three-piece bring with them a whiplash of sound from the onset.

The passion of the band is immediately apparent and despite the lack of stage space, there is definitely not a lack of stage presence.

As a result of this lack of space, lead singer Kenny Leckie has to join the crowd on the floor to perform.

Leckie comments on the lack of space stating that he was joining the crowd on the floor as preparation for stadium shows with floor risers.

Everyone has to have some aspirations and maybe one day Carnivores will make those stadium shows a reality.

Black Country double act God Damn’s stage entrance alone is enough to make anyone think that they were arena sell outs; dramatic ambient noise made from guitar feedback set up by lead singer Thom Edward before leaving the stage to re-enter in style.

Despite only having two members, God Damn has the incredible ability to make themselves sound like a five-piece band.

Between songs Edward begins to tell a story about what happened the previous night in St James’ Park, only to be heckled by a member of the crowd suggesting that they just wanted the music to continue.

The only downfall of God Damn’s set is the certain degree of reluctance to leave the stage, resulting overindulgence in guitar feedback and outro drumming.

Looking around the crowd at tonight’s Hawk Eyes concert, there is no set distinctive look and the crowd consists of diehard fans and new fans alike, old and young, head bangers and stand stillers.

The Leeds based quartet come on stage thoroughly enjoying 80’s classic anthems, which are played between each of the acts, singing-along and banging on the low ceilings.

Much like the transition from Clark Kent to Superman, you can tell when lead singer Paul Astick is about to do business, when he removes is glasses and lets his hair down.

Before long the band blasts into opener ‘The Trap’, taken from latest album Everything Is Fine, released earlier in the month.

The set itself is made up from a number of tracks taken from the new album, including latest single ‘The Ballad of Michael McGlue’ and fan favourite ‘Die Trying’.

Among showcasing songs from the new album, Hawk Eyes also play some old staples such as ‘Witch Hunt’ and ended the set strongly with ‘I Hate This, Do You Like it?’

The crowd interaction during periods of tuning is also highly entertaining, evidently turning a highly mundane story about buying a birthday card in a post office into one which is referenced all throughout the set from different angles.

There is also a further story about the tough decision on which chocolate bar to buy, that results in crowd applause when the right decision had been made.

Despite the lack of crowd present tonight, the atmosphere creates the feeling of being in a much bigger packed out venue.

Hawk Eyes performance incorporates every expected element; it’s full on, loud and entertaining.

It’s easy to tell from tonight’s performance that the band love what they are doing and appreciate their fan base.

Essentially it feels more like a night of interacting with friends and listening to good music than an organised ticketed event.

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Words: Kathryn Murphy
Photos: Kyle Burgess

EmuBands Christmas Party with Carnivores, Friends In America, FOREIGNFOX at Flat 0/1, 4/12/14

A Quiet Night In presents EmuBands 1st Annual Christmas Party with Carnivores, Friends In America, FOREIGNFOX at Flat 0/1, 4/12/14

It’s hard to feel in the Christmas sprit when it’s finals week and the Scottish weather is at worse.

However, EmuBands have kindly put on a relatively earlier Christmas party with an impressive line-up of Scottish rock bands, a much welcome distraction and worthy excuse to leave work behind and try remember what December is really about, good live music.

First up are Dunfermline post rock four-piece FOREIGNFOX, shaking the room awake with heartfelt vocals and melodious guitar rifts.

Even though the room is surprisingly empty vocalist Jonny Watt doesn’t hold back, giving it his all from the start to deliver a passionate and energetic set.

A highlight is, the title track from their first EP, ‘We Float Like Sinking Ships’, a slower track offering the crowd a break from the lively set, as well showcasing a soulful guitar and Watt’s incredible vocals.

The deeply personal ‘Yogurt’ is another highlight, its raw and emotional delivery leaves the crowd silent, eagerly listening to the brutal honesty in the lyrics until they clap and cheer loudly as the song draws to an end.

FOREIGNFOX’s live show is intense, proven by Watt’s progression to the floor before finishing, a hard act to follow.

The room has filled up eager for second band of the night Friends in America to take the stage.

Even though Friends in America identify as rock band, they have a very different approach from FOREIGNFOX, drawing on a more upbeat pop influence.

One song in and front man Matthew Rawlings has got the whole room laughing, these pleasantries carry on throughout the band’s set, ensuring everyone is having as good of a time as they are.

Friends in America are extremely entertaining because of their lively stage presence and the great connection their members share, made evident by tight harmonies from the whole band.

Rawlings continuously thanks the crowd for coming to see them play jokingly stated that there is “so much you could be watching on Netflix instead,” however it is evident by loud claps and cheers they much rather be here than binge watching House of Cards.

Final band, Carnivores also have an extremely different style from the previous two on tonight’s bill.

The Paisley three-piece alt rock band come crashing in with ‘Insecuricor’, a track from their recently released album and continue to play a number of energetically delivered, aggressively passionate tracks both old and new.

I’ve heard a lot about Carnivores’ live set and the chaos it brings with it, however the crowd remain rather calm and polite for a punk show.

This could be because the diversity of tonight’s show has kept those hardcore fans likely start circle pits away, however this doesn’t stop the band from raising hell and next thing you know lead Kenny Leckie is standing on an amp.

The crowd becomes more vocal during highlight and obvious crowd-pleaser ‘Apathy in the UK’ by chanting along during the chorus.

Carnivores close tonight’s set with an extended live version of ‘Lion Tamer’, featuring Leckie coming into the crowd with a snare drum, an impressive end to an excellent night of Scottish rock.

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Words: Jess Lavin
Photos: Tim Gray (TartanZone Photography)

Carnivores – Let’s Get Metaphysical [Smalltown America]

Pulling on influences as like Idlewild, Elvis Costello and Nirvana three-piece alt rockers Carnivores release their debut album Let’s Get Metaphysical at the end of this month.

The album jumps right into it thick and fast with title track and lead single, ‘an upbeat catchy pop-punk song featuring plenty of hardcore riffs mixed in with beautifully contrasting melodies.

Carnivores don’t slow down as second track ‘Insecuricor’ blasts through the speakers, showing a heavier side to the Paisley rockers and just as you think it’s over the track slowly comes back to life with chanting lyrics “whatever you want to say about me, that’s what I’ll never be” before the heavy guitar comes crashing back to finish things off.

Standout ‘Apathy In The UK’ and fan favourite ‘Scottish Football’ have a raw and honest feel to them, showing a more aggressive side of Carnivores, they’re packed full of passion, sentiments of old-fashioned punk and questioning lyrics reminiscent of early 80’s hardcore.

This aggressive sound continues in the politically loaded ‘John Maynard Keynes’, a stab at 19th Century economist, Keynes, who has had a large influence on today’s government, confirming that addressing the current state of our nation is one of the album’s strong themes.

Let’s Get Metaphysical was recorded live over six days with producer Bruce Rintoul (Twin Atlantic/Fatherson) and lead Kenny Leckie has stated that the band wanted to “make something that was musically and emotionally very raw and real.”

Carnivores have more then managed to achieve this and produced an album that matches the raw intensity of the band’s live show while allowing them to show a more melodic side to their sound.

This melodic side is perfectly reflected in Leckie’s vocals on more hopeful sounding tracks ‘Crooked Teeth’ and ‘Watching Fireworks’ demonstrating Carnivores ability to produce a range of unique tracks that will never become tiresome.

There is a pleasant surprise in ‘A Shadow Of A Shadow’ where the departure of thunderous riffs is met by the sound of delightful brass, making it clear Carnivores want to make their individual mark with this album.

The band doesn’t let you snatch a breath from there diving straight into ‘The Second Wave Of Yuppie Scum’ featuring both the band’s upbeat, combative sides alongside chanting lyrics, which are bound to sound incredible live, while ‘Lion Tamer’ mixes things up again, as they tease with atypical rhythmic structures closing the record showing a more experimental side, leaving listeners thirsty for more.

Words: Jess Lavin