Scorpion Child + Jared James Nichols + The Bad Flowers
Tuesday 1st November 2016
The Live Rooms, Chester
Almost a year to the day since I last saw the mighty Scorpion Child rocking out, and in the same venue too. This time the crowd numbers are down, but hell – it was a bleak Tuesday evening. No excuse though – people should have been at the Live Rooms for this gig.
I just managed to catch the end of the first set, by UK band The Bad Flowers. This three piece were all power and chunky riffs – think Motorhead menace with some ZZ Top rock in there. Very appetising and well worth keeping an eye on.
Next up was Jared James Nichols, with his two bandmates, bringing us our second three piece of the night. This American band play a fine blend of bluesy hard rock, delivered with a confident, killer attack. Mountain were a fair comparison – they rocked out a crunching “Mississippi Queen” just to prove it. Quality entertainment with a boogie groove!
The last time I saw Scorpion Child, they were here on tour with Crobot (another superb band). Now with their second album – the extremely brilliant Acid Roulette – firmly under their belt, I was keen to witness these new rock’n’roll superstars-to-be again.
Scorpion Child deliver music that is well schooled in the classics of the past – Zeppelin, Sabbath, Purple. And like those bands they’re able to deliver monster rockers like “Liqour” and “She Sings, I Kill” along with some superbly epic moments that build beautifully (“Survives” and “Acid Roulette”).
There’s also a thinly disguised darkness about the bands sound, not exactly doomy but much more in the vein of 80’s bands like the Mission and the Sisters of Mercy. At their most bombastic, Scorpion Child are reminiscent of The Cult (from whence they claimed their name). Apologies for endless musical comparisons – but this band really have some classic style that merits a bigger fan base. Throw in some Danzig and Soundgarden and you’ve got a list of some of my favourite bands.
A great deal of the set is from the new album, showing justified confidence on the bands part. Songs like “My Woman in Black” and “I Might Be Your Man” are thundering hard rock compositions that are classics in the making.
A great gig, shame about the low attendance (and the lack of merch!) – but brilliantly infectious modern hard rock. I’m off for fish’n’chips.
The Scorpion Child website is here.
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