Dead! at Rebellion, Manchester, 23/04/2018
The relentless cycle of touring seems never-ending at the moment for London-based alt rockers Dead! Since the release of their debut LP The Golden Age of Not Even Trying back in January, the quartet have been roaming almost constantly up and down the country, following up their own mammoth headline tour with a country-wide run with Texas pop punk trio Waterparks. Now they’re back again, this time appearing as the main support for a recently revitalised Mallory Knox, and the rewards of their relentless touring schedule are evidently paying off if the number of their shirts that peppered the crowd that packed into Manchester’s Rebellion Bar was anything to go by!
Dead! rewarded the crowd for fighting through the grey Northern drizzle and turning up early by packing out their short but sweet set with every electrifying banger in their discography! Opening with the sultry ‘The Boys The Boys’ with its groovy riffs and grinding bassline, the band captured the wandering attention of the audience and carried them along through the ebb in pace that came with the rasping guitars of ‘Jessica’ before storming back into the cacophonous mosh-pit favourite ‘Up for Ransom’ that elicited much emphatic finger pointing from the fans in the crowd with the swooping hook into each chorus!
Perhaps the captive atmosphere that filled the small room was due to frontman Alex’s emphatic vocals which added an extra dimension and power that elevates the tracks beyond the refinement of the songs on record. Or perhaps the pure rock and roll of guitarist Sam Matlock’s antics- the highlight being his jaunt atop the kick drum, a pose that was a photographer’s dream! Or maybe it was simply the breakneck pace of tracks like the crushing ‘Enough Enough Enough’ and the blistering ferocity of personal favourite ‘Petrol and Anaesthetic’, which combines a low, undulating bassline with an energised melody pumped full of wild, youthful abandon!
There was a small nod to Dead!’s previous releases in the form of their rumbling bruiser ‘Skin’, a live favourite since 2015, however the band’s focus was clearly set on the future as they showed the full potential of their new material to capture the attention of any room- a perfect way to set about building an even more solid foundation to support their acclaim as one of the most exciting new bands to be climbing their way up through the British rock scene. There aren’t many bands that you can see four times in as many months and be just as blown away every time as you were the first time, but Dead! certainly proved themselves in that regard! And with their blistering whirlwind of a set they definitely converted a few new members of the damned restless future that night- and so, Dead!’s path towards the huge stages of tomorrow continues…
Dead! have several festival appearances lined up this summer, including an appearance at 2000 Trees festival. Check out the full line up at www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk
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