Windhand/Satan’s Satyrs – Manchester, Rebellion – 12 October Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 27 October 2017 04:40

Rarely anymore does the prospect of a female fronted psychedelic doom band garner anything but interest from me, so the prospect of seeing such a band up close and personal was high on my to-do list. Despite the weather, another trip over to Manchester beckoned, so armed with plenty of Windhand and Acid King to blast down my ears on the way over, I set off for the night's performance. Given how many gigs there on each night in Manchester at the moment, I was worried about how the attendance would be - especially given the previous night with Supersuckers, and the fact that The Melvins were playing a mere five minutes-walk away the same night.


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I was a touch puzzled at there only being one support band, but was already aware of who Satan's Satyrs are, so decided this was not necessarily a bad thing. Satan's Satyrs are easily a headline band in their own rights, so able and fitting support is a definite bonus. As they take to the stage, there are only around 40 people in, and you can't help but feel bad for the band. It is the risk you take playing in support slots, but it seems again that the curse of too many gigs on the same night is having a toll. As they open, there are some initial problems with the mic, as the vocals are too distorted and not quite right, but this is quite quickly rectified. There is immediately a Blues/Led Zep feel to the band, which goes down quite well with those who have turned up to catch them too. As the set progresses, people are starting to trickle in more and a harder edge comes out in the music from time to time. More of a Black Sabbath feel, which is in itself another positive thing.


As more people come in, they seem to be won over quite quickly by Satan's Satyrs, which shows quite how good their performance is. Whilst there is not a lot going on on the stage, the focus is on the music instead, and the audience movement - the head nodding, foot tapping, or in some cases outright dancing - is a testament to how well they are going down. By the end of the set, we have around 80 people in and it looks a lot better. There is still a really good reaction from the crowd, both during and between songs, which is well deserved.


Now, on to the headliner of the evening, Windhand. The crowd has strengthened once again, so Rebellion now looks busy and a worthy party to the gig we are being entranced by. Slight technical issues slightly delay the start, as guitars are fine-tuned and levels slightly altered, but Windhand are soon into their groove. The first thing you're struck by is the overall sound - think Shirley Manson from Garbage fronting Black Sabbath, with reverb and some echo effects, and you'll get the gist of it. The crowd are still coming in, somewhat quicker now, and it looks quite busy in the venue.


Straight away, the audience reaction is extremely positive. Proper headbanging, not just head nodding, dancing, feet almost stamping, rather than tapping, and the whole band seems to be as into what they're doing as the audience are. It's hard to say much about individual tracks, as everyone has the same reaction right the way through - one of delight, enjoyment and appreciation of what Windhand are bringing in front of them. A great band putting together an extremely tight performance that bands from the original 70s Garage/Fuzz scene that they are obviously paying homage to would be proud of.


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