hmv.com reviews... Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Frank Carter and his Rattlesnakes slayed Cardiff last week and we were there to see it...
Ex-Pure Love and Gallows frontman Frank Carter with his new outfit The Rattlesnakes.
At a sold out Clwb Ifor Bach.
Any good supports?
Opening act Creeper already have a very full venue when they perform on the stage. With their black-hearted punk and a cover of AFI's 'Sacrifice Theory', they've gain a few more fans from their performance tonight.
Blackhole then follow who have reunited after five years especially for this tour. They are however without their bassist Max who unfortunately had to go to hospital, but that doesn't stop them from being very loud even with a stripped back setlist.
Frontman and brother of Frank Richard Carter spends no time on the stage, instead he is stood in the first couple of rows in the crowd with an extra mic ready for anybody to scream along. With their hardcore anthems such as 'Don't Try' and 'Forever' going down a treat with everyone, it's really great to have them back.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
One word to describe the crowd tonight is riotous. From the get go it's straight into fifth gear with bodies flying everywhere, whilst others are hanging off of the pipes on the ceiling. At times you occasionally catch a glimpse of some piece of clothing being thrown across the room.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
With only one album under their belts so far, they still manage to fill an hour long set with a lot of memorable moments. 'Primary Explosive' begins the carnage straight into 'Loss' which sees Carter throwing himself into the sea of bodies for the first of many occasions. He hangs from the ceiling by his legs screaming down the mic; punk rock at its purist.
'Rotten Blossom' sees the band playing at their tightest and energetic potential. The lyrics are spat out venomously as Carter stares into the crowd as his eyes opened wide gaze upon the audience.
The change in pace is a welcome addition to the set during a slowed down version of the previously played 'Loss'. It recalls the sounds of 'The Vulture Part I' of his Gallows days along with the more tuneful tones of Pure Love. When watching the front-man perform with such bile beforehand, it's a tender moment that showcases the fact he does have a really melodic voice.
New song 'Jackals' initiates a circle pit which engulfs the entire venue, whilst 'Fangs' and 'Juggernaut' are as brutal as their titles suggest, while set closer 'I Hate You' again sees a more tender side, even if the lyrics suggest otherwise. In such a small room it's impressive to see as many people in the crowd up on shoulders festival style to close the show.
Any good between song banter?
When a band opens with the statement, "This stage is your stage...do you know what that mean?" then you know that this is going to be a rather personal occasion. Whilst there may be a facade on stage that Carter is a highly charged angry man; it's evident he is quite the opposite.
As soon as he has finished singing his final note, he's immediately over by the merch stand signing goods and taking the time to talk to everybody who wants to. It's refreshing to see this kind of relationship between a musician and their fans and is really something that others should take on board.
Did they put on much of a show?
One thing that Frank Carter knows is how to put on a show. There are no gimmicks, just straight up punk rock. As the band throw everything into it; he climbs on raised arms and brings real variety to the performance.
What was the highlight of the set?
From all of the carnage throughout the set, the highlight is a surprisingly calm moment during 'Beautiful Death'. Frank asks for the lights to be turned off and for everybody to be seated on the floor. He stands in the centre of the room illuminated only by a few torches from the phones in the audience. It's searingly intimate as the whole room is deadly silent, eyes captivated on Carter.
Where can I catch them next?
Tonight was the final show of the sold out tour, however they are due to play a few small gigs in London as well as a European tour before the year is done.