This keeps on happening at the moment: two great gigs are on the same night. A couple of weeks back it was Graveyard versus Pentagram and tonight it’s Uncle Acid versus Om. It says a lot about the exponential growth of the doom/stoner/occult rock scene in the last couple of years that these two shows could coexist with each other on the same night in fairly large venues and both of them be sold out. The tide seems to have turned somewhat in favour of these gigs and artists, that only a few years back I would be standing there with my mates Saul and Andy and about a hundred other people (half of which we knew) shaking our heads and booties to these bands at tiny venues. But tonight I am genuinely surprised at the size of the crowd, especially knowing there’s a similar size one at Om.The first time I saw Spiders was supporting Blood Ceremony at The Borderline. I had bought their first album after hearing a few tunes online and was looking forward to seeing them support the mighty BC and they certainly didn’t disappoint with a fantastic, fiery performance. Now with a second album (Shake Electric) and a new EP (Why Don’t You) out it was time once again to bathe in the glorious tunes that the band create. a touch of the glitter years about the band. outfits that wouldn’t have been out of place inside Jackie magazine in 1973.
But it’s the songs that mattered most and luckily Spiders have enough great tunes to choose from to make an astounding and powerful set. Tracks such as “Only Your Skin”, “Shake Electric” and “Why Don’t You” are blistering and exhilarating during tonight’s show. Ann-Sophie gave her all during the performance and certainly seemed to have won over some new fans tonight (if the rush to the merch stall after their performance was anything to go by). They are a tremendous live band and I hope their next visit to the UK they will be headlining gigs so we can soak up more of their hot riffs.shadowy figures appear among the fog. The opening crash of “Waiting for Blood” gets the audience bouncing along as swaths of echoed vocals cascade around the venue and an impressive lightshow kicks into action.
The Uncle are here to mainly promote their new album Night Creeper, but there’s plenty of room for classics from their first album to be performed, much to the delight of the crowd. Numbers such as “13 Candles”, “I Cut You Down” and “Poison Apple” are pounded out in a relentless barrage of sound that sees the mysterious band stand like Manson Family killers at their guitars and drums raining Helter Skelter down upon the crowd.Sabbath regurgitated; it’s something deeper and somehow even more unholy. “Mind Crawler” and “Murder Nights” attack you with a wall of sound that at points seems impenetrable. It’s like an LSD vapour coming over your senses that leads you into the darker edges of a Process Church meeting in 1968. Uncle Acid are now firing on all cylinders and it’s a blissful noise from the dark side of the age of Aquarius. worshipping the riff at its altar, as the scene grows and new bands want to create the power of doom in all its glory. Doom what thou wilt and long may it blossom into a fantastic musical movement.
-Words: Gary Parsons-
-Pictures: Dave Pettit-