On the third date of their dual headliner tour with Canshaker-Pi, Avalanche Party hit one of Manchesters busiest and well loved venues Jimmy’s, on Friday for a memorable night of rowdiness, sweat and full on partying.
Manchester alternative rock band, Queasy took to the stage first with true Manc vigour. The four piece consist of Jack, Solly, Alex and Kane. Queasy have a modern punk undertone to their sound and their lyrics express their discontent with many current social and political issues.
The venue was already busy as front-man Jack roused and warmed up the crowd, heads nodded and hands rocked in the air as the band tore through their set creating a great atmosphere. There was great enthusiasm and energy from the topless drummer, awesome chords throughout and great beats that reminded me of early Red Hot Chilli Peppers combined with Rage Against The Machine. Definitely put these on your must see list.
Next up were a band from Amsterdam, energy-charged indie quartet Canshaker-Pi. The band are Willem Smit (vocals/guitars), Boris de Klerk (vocals/guitars), Ruben van Weegberg (bass) and Nick Bolland (drums). Boy, was I taken with them, real passion emitted from the frontman Willem who was full of charismatic, ramshackle energy as he bounced his way throughout the whole set. They keep me completely engrossed with truly, tight musicianship and a set list full of crowd-pleasing music – definitely ones to catch live whilst they are touring in the UK.
Working their way quickly up the ranks and one of the true underground live show pioneers, North Yorkshire’s Avalanche Party are hitting this tour this month with everything they’ve got. Avalanche Party are Jordan Bell (Vocals + Guitar), Jared Thorpe (Vocals + Guitar), Kane Waterfield (Drums), Joe Bell (bass) and Glen Adkins on keys.
If like myself you are constantly on the look out for authenticity, then look no further, because Avalanche Party ooze it from every pore. Friday’s gig was extra special as the band had just released new single and the video for ‘Million Dollar Man‘, a track laced with menace and very different from their last release ‘Porcelain‘. It’s a dramatic change for the band and shows how their sound can easily be diversified. I’ve always found it hard to pin down a musical identity to Avalanche Party, they are uniquely innovative and that’s the beauty of them.
For anyone who’s had the pleasure to watch them live, you will know when I say that right from the offset it is clear that Avalanche Party are a force to be reckoned with. Think of unleashing ravenous, caged beasts feasting upon audiences across the land, sweat dripping from the ceiling and your just about half-way there. A unique sonic presence, Jordan’s maniacal and raw energy gets all eyes on him as he tore into ‘Im So Wet’, arguably their strongest live song due to the mesmerising performance art that see’s Jordan douse himself in water and shake himself into a frenzy.
A pulse racing ‘Revolution’ followed, then the thrilling ‘Obstacle’, the dark and intense ‘2021’, the new ‘Million Dollar Man’, ‘Porcelain’ and fast paced and spat out ‘I Came Across The Water’. The show was made even more special and memorable, when the band were joined by a fellow artist on stage, Tom from The Blinders, who got up to play the beautiful Amazing Snakehead’s track ‘Memories‘ to celebrate the life and memory of their good friend Dale Barclay*, who recently lost his battle to cancer. The highly emotive track is powered by the saxophone, which Jared seemingly effortlessly took care of. An absolutely beautiful track and a very touching tribute, I highly recommend a listen.
At an Avalanche Party gig you can guarantee explosiveness – never does the energy or enthusiasm from the band falter. One thing they excel at is leaving a lasting impression. This was only the third show of the tour, but without a shadow of a doubt in true Avalanche Party fashion, the tail end will be as riotous as start and you’d be a fool to miss it.
The band play Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar in Brighton tonight and come to the Picture House Social in Sheffield on Tuesday. Click here to stream Million Dollar Man, pre-order the limited edition etched transparent vinyl and to buy tickets for the remaining dates of the UK tour – http://smarturl.it/AvalanchePartyMDM