Due to a lack of evenings, we did go to see The Wytches as a little bit of a second choice; as Royal Blood are playing next week – and I did want to see them a bit more, but will be busy that day. However, walking into the Forum at 8.15pm and hearing a terrific sound coming from somewhere near the stage, it seemed like a good choice. Hank Haint has brought a new meaning to ‘one man band’ in my head, and received great applause from the audience (most of us got to see him via head-dodging tactics).
Having seen House on Fire as support before, I was surprised this time to realise we knew the bassist, so I wasn’t paying attention last time was I? A great set, in the style of Arctic Monkeys with a dash of Kinks/Beatles/60s thrown in. God Damn were an interesting two piece of manic drumming and echoey vocals, even echoing through the ‘chat to audience’, but we think they were saying they came from Wolverhampton.
It’s easy to fill the breaks between bands with chat, trip to the bar/toilet, however when the Wytches came on, I was surprised there were many breaks during the set for tuning up etc, but without the ‘chat to audience’, often leading to ‘audience chatting’. So, they have a lot of energy, and a lot of fans, but for me, they needed to fill the gaps! Recorded-wise I have preferred ‘up and coming’ Royal Blood, so it will be interesting to hear some reviews of them after Monday (it’s a sell-out too).