Due to a previous tour poster cock up, Gnarwolves are in Swindon tonight to make up for the error, and to warm themselves up for 2000 Trees Festival.
With anticipation high in the room tonight, it’s local boys With Ghosts who have the honour of opening tonights almost sold out show. They start off well by drawing a very decent sized crowd and draw the crowds attention with a clear tone and sound. The 4 piece sound not too far from the likes of UK rock bands Young Guns and Verses, which should set them up for a straight forward win. However the songs aired are a little basic and straight forward, plus tuning problems in between songs kills any momentum or atmosphere they muster up. Overall a good set from a young band with a lot of potential.
Now from just over the other side of the M4 from Wotton Bassett is veteran punk two-piece 2 Sick Monkeys. Some men of the older generation have terrible ‘dad banter’, but Pete Tower is on absolute fire tonight, when not rocking out and defiling his bass with his incendiary punk style of play, he’s cracking jokes, thanking the organisers and just being an total lad. The set is riddled with old school high octane punk that is as infectious as a puppy yawning on a rainbow, smiles are plastered all over the audience. They perfectly example how music can bring people together of any age as we all clap and applaud his speech about how grim it is that the dead soldiers are brought through his town and exploited. Anyway back onto a cheerier subject, they end their set by asking the audience to tell them to “Fuck Off” over and over again…Fuck off 2 Sick Monkeys, but please, come back and do it all over again.
Now with the room at almost full capacity, it’s time for Gnarwolves to take to the stage. Opening with ‘Melody Has Big Plans’ the audience goes into chaos mode as a pit erupts, stage dives occur and one lad hanging from a support beam, and this is all within the first minute of the gig. The sound being emitted from the band is brilliantly clear and concise and singalongs from the crowd even manage to drown them out. ‘Community, Stability, Identity’, ‘Reaper’ and ‘Tongue Surfer’ all go down a storm and showcase the dynamics and ability of the Brighton trio. There’s a lot of love for the guys especially for their ‘DIY punk ethics’, touring relentlessly. A lot of people were surprised when they were announced to open the main stage at Reading & Leeds Festival this August Bank Holiday, but after this performance and seeing the support they receive, they’ll smash it out of the park with their short, sharp bursts of melodic punk, such as ‘Limerance’ which tonight provides one of the biggest singalongs along with ‘History Is Bunk’.
2000 Trees is next for Gnarwolves then onto the big one, Melody isn’t the only one with big plans. This is just the start…