With the sun feeling the need to duck away early this time of year and leave us to cope with late afternoons shrouded in darkness the bus ride into Brighton, normally filled with views of rolling down land and sheep frolicking in fields, felt more than a little depressing, like a bad omen.
Sure enough, when I finally arrived at The Pav Tav to watch Puppet Kings, Bombers, Glassroom, and Dizzy Tales the place was dead save for a few blokes staring down into half-empty pint glasses. If it hadn’t been for the two guys rapping the food menu I might have given up on the night there and then.
First up on stage 3-piece Puppet Kings brought the evening to a spectacular start with smashing, rolling drums that shook drinks on the bar, whirling guitar solos, powerful breakdowns, and almost classic rock background. With vocals similar to that of Orion from City Of Ashes, frontman Tom was a little hard to hear over the top of the bands unpredictable and ever changing, but oddly familiar, riffs. With hard to ignore basslines Puppet Kings kept the attention of a very rigid crowd but seemed too nervous to control them, with only the odd bit of anxious communication. Puppet Kings were an exciting band and their well-written lyrics, constant, hard drumming and frequent solos made them impossible to miss.
Coming to us all the way from Birmingham, 4 piece Bombers took to the stage with an immediate, unmissable presence. With punk hearted lyrics often reeking of revolution the band’s dynamic frontman controlled the mic with the poise of other famous band leaders like Ian Curtis (Joy Division), Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), and Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones). Backed by music that was slightly missable at times, improved by the occasional bit of exceptional guitar playing, the frontman performed well in front of a slightly disinterested crowd.
With some similarity to bands like Avenged Sevenfold, the third band on stage Glassroom had an unusual sound that was hugely energetic with thumping, jumping riffs that worked in perfect harmony with the drums. At first the band seemed nervous, but as the set went on their confidence seemed to grow, unfortunately as the set went on their sound also began to become hard to bear. Glassroom’s sound was hugely chaotic, which at times was a huge plus, with many songs sounding a bit like a warzone, but somehow this didn’t suit the acoustics of The Pav Tav and went down quite badly.
The last and by far best band to take to the stage were Dizzy Tales. With a confidence that seemed to have been missing with the previous bands the frontman immediately took control of the crowd and pulled them to the front. Sound wise Dizzy Tales were mostly indie and their expressionate, strong-voiced vocalist carried them well. More than that though Dizzy Tales were extremely dynamic and a little experimental, with superb song writing that brought their great songs to a level above the rest of the bands.
This Thursday at The Pav Tav is Hip-Hop night. Don’t miss it.
Originally posted here: http://sqmagazine.co.uk/2011/11/gig-review-live-music-the-pav-tav-november-3rd/