This night was placed under the banner of slow and diverse dissonant rock with Fvnerals as it’s leading light, an ironic notion considering the darkness which envelops the mix of Doom and Post Rock played by the Scottish trio.
Earth Moves are slightly lighter with their shade of Screamo and Post metal but the emotive melodies of the guitars create a landscape where one can reflect more on the upcoming struggles we will have face rather than how cute this latest picture of a cat you saw before coming was. The quartet displayed a good understanding of their sound with an excellent balance between instruments. Towards the end, the singer abandoned his microphone to sing while the guitarist strummed away in an almost quiet venue where only a few punter could be heard in the back chatting away, unbeknownst to how indiscreet they were. A touching and sweet moment that concluded perfectly the touching set.
Cavalcades brought a rockier sound to the stage with a very prominent noisy bass presence. Standing somewhere between Post Punk and Noise rock, Cavalcades seems to have good tunes but the loudness of the instruments did a disservice to the singer’s voice whose low voice could hardly be heard behind the sound of the bass. A shame since he had a good presence with his hood pulled on his head and invited the crowd to be more wary of the presence of racist and fascist abuse since the band had spotted racist graffiti on this very venue when they had arrived. A chilling reminder that the only way to keep away moronic behavior is make sure a place like this one remain free of this kind of abuse.
Although they are still a young band, Fvnerals displays a mastery of their sound that easily push them far above the competition, if they have any. Playing songs from their latest and first album, the set was well balanced despite my preference going to the more etheral and space out songs from Wounds. The drums and bass hold the balance while the guitar fill the void with light touches of feedback to counterbalance the vocals drenched in delay of the singer. The later is probably the most striking member of the band thanks to the control she maintains on her voice to reproduce perfectly each melodies, while at the same time holding her own on the bass. To be honest, all three members of this band truly mesmerize me every time i see them play but there is something truly masterful about the use of the vocals in this band that makes them a unique and thrilling act. All of the bands that played tonight were excellent but something tells me Fvnerals won’t be playing for long in these kind of venues.