This gig caused me a lot of personal grief as it was one of three that I really wanted to go to, all on the same night – one in Darlington and the other two in Leeds. I headed down to Leeds still unsure of what bands I was going to see on the night, but knowing I would be splitting the night between the mighty Brudenell Social Club and a new venue for me, Blueberry Hill rehearsal rooms and recording studio tucked away in Kirkstall industrial park.
I arrived at Blueberry hill at 7:15 and the first band I wanted to see, Treason Kings were doing their sound check. Not many people had made it to the venue so the scheduled start time of 7:20 slipped by about 15 minutes to allow a few more punters to find their way through the warehouses and sure enough the witches, zombies and skeletons soon started to make their way into the venue so there was a decent crowd for their alt rock set. I’d seen these lads before at Temple of Boom and was quite impressed and it was another good set tonight so it’s yet another band to keep one eye on in future.
Over to the Brudenell now and there was an unknown band doing their thing, all noise and not much in the way of tunes either, the singer growling into the mic, thrashing guitar which was being played with a saw and a trumpet and sax made for a weird but interesting set. I still don’t know who this band was, if anyone knows then I’d be interested to find out. A quick change over then Autobahn took to the stage, I’d seen them a couple of weeks earlier doing a good supporting set to Eagulls at The Cluny in Newcastle but this set was way better than that, the atmosphere in the Brudenell was electric and the band responded giving their all for a short (only 24 minutes) but very very sweet set.
The Brudenell was also full of witches, zombies & skeletons and amongst all the other crazy costumes there was Jesus and a few of his disciples. Jesus was even holding onto a 5 foot mock up of the cross which nearly banged into a few people as he gyrated crazily around the dance floor. I really didn’t want to leave the Brudenell as the atmosphere was so fantastic with loads of people including the bar staff all dressed up in their halloween finest and I knew the Eagulls show would be a killer but by this time I’d already decided I was going to see Allusondrugs as after all the recent hype it’s not going to be long before they stop playing the smaller venues where they really do excel and move up to the medium and larger sized venues.
So it was back to the car for the short drive across the A65 to Blueberry Hill where Remoters were a few minutes into their set, they were playing their first ever gig and taking that into consideration they were pretty damn good sounding a lot like Pearl Jam with a little bit of Metallica thrown in for good measure.
The 5 minute change over time between bands was always going to be optimistic so it was no surprise that the timings for the bands was slipping further and further behind, so it was about 40 minutes late when 4 skeletons, disguised as NARCS took to the stage. Another band I’ve not seen before and another ace set, this was fast becoming a top night with the main band still to go. The last track was just brilliant, as it came to a close Wilko handed over his guitar to a mate in the audience, Joe & John put their guitar and bass down on the stage and all three just piled on top of each other, a mass of writhing skeletons in the middle of the stage, then it was time to pile on top of Stanley on the drums and the whole thing just descended into chaos. Brilliant!
Allusondrugs finally took to the stage at about 11:30, half an hour after the gig was supposed to finish. The late running took a lot of people by surprise as most of the crowd had to leave early to catch last buses home so there were only about 30 or 40 people there to watch an awesome set by a band at the very top of their game. Most of the audience was made up of people out of the earlier bands and a few of the bands personal friends with just the odd straggler such as me to witness a truly mesmerising performance. They started with ‘Stir’ with guitars and bass being thrown all around the stage, to say it was a lively start is the understatement of the year and they kept the frenetic pace up going straight into ‘Modem’. A bit of a time out now in which Jason scrounged a drink off a mate in the audience before ‘Her Crown’. A bit of banter with the audience about Perfume Genius from Seattle while the band sorted themselves out and Connor still wasn’t ready so Jason made up a little poem about him, much to his embarrasment then a load of tracks off their EP followed, ‘Nervous’ the excellent ‘I’m Your Man’ one I didn’t recognise, ‘Ted’ then their latest single ‘I should have gone to uni’ After hassling the sound engineer to do one more song they finished off with ‘Cherry Pie’. People were still shouting for ‘one more song’ but the sound engineer wasn’t having it. “Fuck off – we’ve run over by an hour and 10 minutes already!” and that was it, a remarkable set to finish off a great night.
As the band started to pack away their gear, Nirvana Rape me blasted out over the PA and people started to head back home. I got through the front door about 2:30am absolutely knackered after an outstanding night and a long 2 hour drive but boy was it worth it.
When I was getting served at the Brudenell, a guy behind the bar said hi, I wasn’t sure who it was as he looked like he was an extra just walked straight off the set of the walking dead, but it turned out to be Rob Canning, the bass player out of Forward Russia, it was great to meet up with him again and as any regular readers of this blog will know I am a massive Forward Russia fan. I was always a bit of a music nerd since the 70’s but it was Forward Russia that almost single handedly turned me into a huge fan of new music tearing up and down the motorways searching out new music from new undiscovered bands all over the north of England looking for another band that were as good as they were. In Allusondrugs I might have just found the band I’ve been looking for…
Some upcoming tour dates here, I’d definitely be at Stockton and Leeds if it wasn’t for work but I’ll be offshore Africa so I’ll have to wait for the Sheffield Corporation gig on the 19th of December before getting my next AUOD fix.
21st November = KU Bar, Stockton
25th November = Manchester, Sound Control
26th November = Glasgow, 13th Note Cafe
29th November = Leeds, The Wardrobe
30th November = Stoke, The Underground
1st December = Norwich, Epic Studios
2nd December = Kent, Tunbridge Wells Forum
3rd December = London, Black Heart
5th December = Cardiff, Club Ifor Bach
Kerrang aren’t wrong, this is a must see band.