Gig Reviews

TheState @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Another great night at The Hunter Club culminated in an intriguing headline set from TheState.

Having not played a hometown gig for a while, the duo brought their intense sounds and stage show to the infamous Washing Machine stage.
Fusing their heavy guitar riffs with synths and samples, they captivated everyone from the off, playing snippets of speeches from May and Trump before launching into huge tracks like Fairy Tales and Ghost, and premiering a brilliant brand new track The Resistance.
Whether it be the guitarist’s electric riffs or the vocalist’s power, the tracks have a different edge to them live, it’s no surprise that their live performances are very well received. And if you came here for “songs about puppies and sunshine”, then you definitely came to the wrong place.
Check TheState out on streaming services and social media, you won’t regret it.

Acoustic performer Alicia Hall kicked off the night with a great blend of original tracks but also covers, performing the likes of Alanis Morrisette and Radiohead. A welcome start to what was bound to be a very heavy evening.

My Nan Can Backflip were up next, a very eccentric and perplexing trio. Don’t get me wrong, musically it’s perfect and their song titles (Big Fat Gaz, Electric Hand Man) are pretty funny, but eating a cucumber on stage and doing a ‘dance off’ midway through your set… don’t ruin and detract from what was actually a rather alright set.

Having seen ALL WE KNOW several times before, it’s clear that they’re just getting better and better with every gig, and are starting to get the acknowledgement they deserved. Tracks like Hear Me Out sound so much better live, with a little more fine tuning and with an EP soon to be recorded, the hardcore trio are in for a hue 2018.

Before the headline set from TheState came the excellent The Thinking Men. We’ve been hearing excellent things about the group, and they didn’t let us down, sounding absolutely awesome from the start. Their setlist was perfect, playing tracks like the audience-requested The Graveyard Shift and new track Nazareth.
Finishing their set on Pied Piper, it’s clear why the band has such a cult following. The amount of passion shown by the energetic frontman and the drummer, in fact from the whole band, was so great to see. A live band you NEED in your life.

Next Washing Machine: 17th March – Dingus Khan w/ Blue Mean Eyes, Sam Eagle And The Lemon Lizards, Radio Orwell, Substation and The Daze. 6pm KO.

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