By Lee Hammond
October 04, 2013
Arriving at the legendary Brudenell Social Club mid-afternoon full of anticipation of what lies ahead I walk in to find the previously unannounced Lorelle Meets The Obsolete are just taking to the main stage. They hale from Mexico and play a great brand of heavy blues psych. A fantastic way to start the day – enough to blow the cobwebs from any jaded punters’ ears (especially for those of us who left our ear plugs in the hotel room).
Next up on this psychedelic extravaganza of a day, again on the concert room stage, are the insanely brilliant and all round nice guys Mugstar. With crazily heavy yet sweet psychedelic sounds filling the Brudenell Mugstar are tight, loud and brash. Whilst it’s only a short set they get hearts racing.
With the final notes of Mugstar’s set firmly ringing in our ears we move into the games room where Sauna Youth begin in earnest. Their spiky punk rhythms coupled with their shouty lyrics delivered with power and urgency, an exciting and exhilarating set (I hope he washed that t-shirt between @LPoolPsychFest & Mono – Ed). We’re now almost floating between the rooms of the Brudenell high on the psychedelic excitement being exhibited on both stages.
Next up are Manchester’s almighty drone masters Gnod. Slow building drones coupled with a demented vocalist who is literally bouncing off of every fixture of the Brudenell. With every act today the crowd grows a little larger but for Gnod the main concert room is almost fit to burst. I’m thrilled and amazed as today seems like it has exceeded all expectations yet it keeps on getting better.
As soon as Gnod finish the excitable crowd make their way into the games room where Carlton Melton are on stage. Taking things down a little with amazing swirling psychedelic guitars filling the room. It’s just the break we all need – beautiful relaxing chilled out brilliance. However, this was definitely the calm before the storm as next up in the main room were local legends and almighty psychedelic monsters Hookworms.
Safe to say there is a tension in the air, an expectation surrounding the venue as the Leeds boys take to the stage. Those expectations are though not only met but smashed out of the park. With urgency and excitement the band waste no time in getting stuck into their set. The crowd are on such a high, restless and overexcited that the band feed off this and absolutely destroy the place.
Yet it’s not over by a long way. Back in the games room Cold Pumas take to the stage with their tight well-formed tracks and crafted lyrics. They’re maintaining the high spirits and excitement that the crowd are displaying this evening, it seems somewhat shorter though than most but that’s probably because everyone is enjoying themselves so much.
The night has firmly set in outside as our headline act take to the stage. White Manna are in great spirits and much like those acts earlier in the day. They have their own brand of heavy bluesy psych and a drummer who scarily looks like Animal from The Muppets. This is a perfect end to a phenomenal day of music of the highest quality every act has brought their A game especially local boys Hookworms who stole the show.
Loads more pictures here.