Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Manchester – Academy 2
17th March 2017
I know Frank from the old Gallows days and apart from his cover of Ruts DC Staring At The rude Boys I didn’t know much about his new band The Rattlesnakes. It was a bit of an epiphany to be honest. Not so much the music – pretty raw visceral punk that strayed in to hardcore and American style Green Dayism and My Chemical Romanticism. Not my cup favourite kind of music to be honest. What got me was how much fucking energy he expended on stage. Frank, in his double pin stripe suit looked dapper like a 21st century Artful Dodger with his Cockney twang. This he mixed with modern rapper style chest beating as he got all dewy eyed about the reception he was getting from the sold out crowd.
Apart from gobbing on the stage every five minutes his presence was something to behold. An elastic energetic boxer, throwing himself around with abandon. Launching in to the mosh pit, stage diving and crowd surfing and at one point doing an Iggy, walking on the crowd’s hands below.
Playing most of his new album Modern Ruin and the best bits of 2015’s Blossom he completely dominated this crowd. He had all the girls crowd surfing at one point, warning all the men in the audience not to touch them inappropriately. He thanked everyone in the audience, the bar staff, organisers right down to the cleaners. Was it all a bit overdone – this humble Cockney, maybe, just a little bit.
Final track – “This song is for you, to show you my appreciation of all of you………. you know what’s coming! ……….I Love You” before launching in to I Hate You! – see video below.
Frank is completing his UK tour to the end of March to the end of March before flying off to the US. Where they will absolutely love him! Best of luck Frank!
Remaining UK Gigs
19 March St Luke’s – Glasgow
21 March Oh Yeah Music Centre – Belfast
22 March Academy 2 Dublin – Ireland
24 March Stylus – Leeds
25 March The Asylum – Birmingham
26 March The Globe – Cardiff
27 March Exeter Phoenix – Exeter
29 March Wedgewood Rooms – Southsea
30 March KOKO – London