nxb3 on tour – Witch Hunt at The Castle, Manchester

I’d missed Witch Hunt twice this leave already so I wasn’t going to miss them again this time especially as it looked like this would be the last chance I got before going back to work again. So I set off on the long drive to Manchester and parked up at about 7pm on one of the side streets off Oldham Road. The Castle Hotel was a Robinsons house with 5 of their own cask beers as well as 5 guests on the bar, a really good selection and I was cursing the fact that I was driving so couldn’t sample a few of the more interesting brews.

Doors were supposed to be open at 7:30 but it was after 8:00 when they started letting people in and it took a while before the first band, Factory Acts headed to the stage. They consisted of a guy on Bass and a girl on keyboards and vocals, they were Ok with some good bass playing but I thought the vocals and keyboards were rather ordinary. A decent enough first support band but no better than that, although there was one guy who would definitely disagree with me as he was dancing by himself for the whole set.

The first of the two co-headliners were Witch Hunt, one of my favourite new bands from Leeds. After they got themselves ready they started with a track that is usually played towards the end of their set, ‘Can You Believe It’ which had Louisa’s vocals gradually building in intensity to a screeching crescendo as the track came to a close. The second track was a new song which I’m pretty sure I haven’t heard before and the third was the first outing of a brand new track neither of the two having a title as yet. Back to more familiar territory now with their first single ‘Chairman’ followed by ‘Wide And Laughing’ from their current EP “Little Book Of Hate” and the superb ‘Army Man’ to finish off with. Another excellent set from a band that consistently deliver the goods every single time that I see them, Louisa with her stunning vocals and Chris with his excellent guitar playing. Their sound has recently got a bit more depth to it with the addition of Ste Anderson on drums although I think I still prefer them as a two piece, Louisa hammering away at the single drum during their set at Live at Leeds 2013 was a sight to behold.

Plan A was to leave straight after the Witch Hunt set and travel back across the M62 to The Brudenell in Leeds to try and catch Post War Glamour Girls, I had about an hour after Witch Hunt were scheduled to finish but the 40 minute late running of the gig killed that idea dead, so I decided to stay for the other co-headliner DeLooze, a band I’d never heard of before.

It’s rare that a band impresses me big time the first time I see them but DeLooze managed it, they were excellent playing a blinder of a set of goth influenced pop. I’ve no idea of the track listing on the night but I presume it was the entire track listing of the “Glass Army” CD which was released on 14 April. It made such an impression on me that when I got back home I pledged on the Glass Army CD which I’m expecting to drop through the letterbox any day now. I’ll definitely be going to see them again.

Another excellent gig which was well worth the 250 mile round trip to see.