MAN OF KIN
THe Gaff, Holloway Road 28.06.09
Alternative/hardcore is the last type of music that i would ever bother listening too, but these guys have a "something" that puts them a mile above that enter shikari crap.They are entertaining and very 'in your face' with all band members (except the drummer) heading off into the audience.We were treatred to screams, occasional blastbeats, sing-a-longs, hip hop/disco samples and water pistol fights!!!!
Heavy as fuck and armed with some serious slabs of riff laden metal tunes to make you bash your head and drink beer.
Its energetic and delivered with precision and rounded off with some good (for a change) shouty vocals.Tonight saw the debut of a new song beautifully titled 'Mouth Closed Money Shot' and if you will excuse the pun it went down well.
There may have been a little tension within the band on stage, but their performance came over well to the audience who loved every thrash drenched second of it!Plenty of headbanging and cheers greeted each song and they put themselves over really well.
Tonight they decided to throw away the set list and just play some songs in any order.They played well, the new song sounding better than the previous day and they ended with a great version of 'Roadhouse Blues'.
MAN OF KIN
The prospect of "Smooth Banana" showing its ugly head had cast a shadow for me before they even took to the stage, but i was still prepared to give them a fair chance.....
I have no idea what happend on that stage tonight but Jaz and his metal mobsters were totally "on fire" it was without a doubt a stunning performance and a masterclass in entertainment.
From the opening song 'I Swear To God' the crowd was inspired to headbang, mosh, dance, stage dive and form human pyramids!!!!!
A new song was unveiled tonight called 'Sequence Of Lies' and it shows a definite progression in all respects from music/writing and more intrestingly vocals, for this song has a slow atmospheric start with Jaz actually singing softley and he has a great voice, one which i hope he will use more in the future, aggressive shouty vocals are fine but think Burton C.Bell (fear factory) or Dave Kutcha (chaosanct) and the possibilities are endless.
Later in the set we are treated to a medley with the obligatory (And getting VERY boring) Metallica cover but on a better note Motorheads 'The Game' and rather cheekley Ferals 'Truth Is Lies'.
This is followed by 'Dont Let The Bastards Grind You Down', now this is a great song, but it has been ruined by a yellowish cult (No not Spongebob!), im talking about "Smooth Banana".Someone even brought a fake banana and gave it to Jaz, and sure enough during the song the entire venue except one : ME! joined in singing the evil mantra.
Order was restored for the final song when joined by Martin from feral on stage for the anthemic modern metal classic 'Primitive'.
A flawless performance and the best show i have ever seen them play.