If for some mad reason you’re not already acquainted, then meet Weirds – Leeds’s grungiest quartet and Alcopop’s freshest signing to date. They’re here at Sound Control tonight as part of their extensive tour with Brighton boys The Wytches. “Manchester is the gig we’ve been most looking forward to”, vocalist Aidan Razzall smiles; judging by overheard conversations in the smoking area between the crammed crowd, he’s not the only one to be excited.
‘Things That Crawl’ launches us straight into the trademark gritty and grimy sound that Weirds do best. ‘Valley of Vision’ continues the hype in all its monstrous and energetic glory. It’s not long before drummer David Nash rips off his shirt to wolf whistles – the Weirds way of saying they’re ready to party. Latest single ‘Phantom’ is arguably their best release to date, a psych-grunge number complimented by Aiden Razzall’s dreamy synth and Zachary Thomas’ screeching guitar riffs that electrify live. There’s never a dull moment watching these four play; tonight, unsurprisingly, is no different.
Reverb-loaded material from May’s debut Swarmculture goes down a treat – particularly for the one guy upfront whose continuous fist pumping sees no end in sight. Older songs, too, are just as aggressive; ‘Weird Sun’ and ‘Old World Blues’ throw it back to 2016’s Weird Sun EP with their raging drums and Matthew Vaughan’s funky bass. But its fan favourite ‘Blood Test’ that really unleashes the quartet – a screamer of a track that sees vocalist Aidan Razzall launch himself into a ferocious mosh pit and spellbind the venue.
Sweating and exhausted, the crowd looks like they’ve just experienced an all-dayer, not just a support act. With numerous festival appearances and a headline tour booked, 2017 will prove to be the making of this quartet. Weirds are easily one of the best bands you’ll see live this year. Don’t just take my word on it.
Don’t miss Weirds live this summer:
19 – Cambridge – Portland Arms *
20 – Preston – The Ferret *
21 – Stockton on Tees – Georgian Theatre *
23 – Southampton – Joiners *
24 – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach *
27 – TBA – Secret Show
29 – Live at Leeds
20 – Great Escape Festival
31 – Manchester – Gullivers
1 – Cardiff – Full Moon Club
3 – Camden Rocks
4 – Bristol – Crofter’s Rights
6 – Leicester – The Cookie
7 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
8 – Glasgow – Broadcast
9 – Newcastle – Cluny 2
12 – Hull – Polar Bear
7 – 2000 Trees
23 – Truck Festival
* supporting The Wytches