Electric Eel Shock + Saltwater Injection
Thursday 1st May 2014
The Compass, Chester
Finally – Chester is building up a few venues to see some live music. Forget the joke that is Chester Rocks (LOLZ! etc), there is a light at the end of the tunnel. On a quiet Thursday night at the start of May, that light was Electric Eel Shock.
The Compass is an older pub/venue just outside the City centre, now reborn with a new name. I paid a measly £9 to get in and see three bands. Have a few drinks, rock out on a school night. What could be better?
The first band up were a local band in a pop punk vein. I have loads of Descendents and SNFU albums, but that whole Sum 41 thing ain’t my scene. The kids could play, but not on my shift.
Next up, we have another local band – Saltwater Injection. A two piece, you may be fooled into thinking White Stripes, before the noise starts. No chance – think more early Bleach-era Nirvana spitting out Black Flag covers, you’ll be more on the map. A great set, these guys are worth keeping an eye out for – Hardcore punk and a nice line in political scorn as well!
Funny thing about The Compass – upstairs is pretty small. And on this night at least, the back half of the room is closed off. So when Electric Eel Shock erupt onto the stage, it’s like having three tiny Japanese Metal demons go bananas in your living room. EES rock the place like they’re headlining Wembley Stadium – standing on monitors, waving the mic stands at the audience for sing alongs, throwing the horns. And the drummer is naked except for a sock to cover the family jewels.
Musically, it’s Hard Rock/Heavy Metal in the traditional sense – some Maiden, some Lizzy, some AC/DC, a little G’n’R; with a liberal dash of punk energy. It’s all the classic rock bands you love in a new, crazy head-banging package. The only song I’m familiar with (“Goodbye Peach”) is nowhere to be heard, but no matter – there’s plenty of new rocking anthems to meet and greet.
The set includes a few covers: Electric Eel Shock’s takes on “Paranoid” and The Halen’s “Hot For Teacher”; plus The Wurzels’ classic “I am a Cider Drinker”! What the living fuck??!! Believe me, this song works!
Electric Eel Shock deliver one of the most bonkers – and fun – gigs I’ve seen in a long time. It’s full-on good time rock’n’roll. The audience love it, the band love it. Check out EES if you can, and if you’re in Chester – The Compass needs to be on your list of places to visit.
The Compass website is here.
Follow Electric Eel Shock on Facebook or follow them on Twitter: @eel_shock
And follow Saltwater Injection on Twitter: @SaltWaterInject