Twisted Wheel – Manchester – live review

Image by Elspeth Moore

Twisted Wheel + Deadbeat Echoes
Sound Control, Manchester 
4 October 2012

Live review

Last night’s Twisted Wheel gig in Manchester was sold out – no surprise for a band who have a great reputation on the live scene, armfuls of top tunes and were (almost) on home soil. Even LTW had two reviewers there so coveted was this performance. 

Not only that but Deadbeat Echoes, signed to the Louder Than War record label, were in support. Here’s the detail…

The small sold out gig was perfectly assembled, with the starter of Deadbeat Echoes whetting the appetite for the main course. The main hall for the performance had a red painted beams within the “warehouse” vaulted ceiling.

Fearon [vocals, guitar] threw himself straight into Forces, and the crowd stood nodding and listening, which was for what was to come later a good sign.

Webster [drums] thoroughly enjoying himself smiling and immersing himself into the rhythm. Newton and Brown playing for their worth.

It was good to see some people mouthing the lyrics. As a support they held their own and following in Twisted Wheel’s footsteps are hopefully on a road to bigger things.

Main attraction, Twisted Wheel were bound to go down a stormer when being so close to their avid followers, but more importantly their hometown; Oldham.

After recently changing the shape of the band, Jonny Brown’s new look trio did not fall below expectations. Suited like fellow slick musician Miles Kane, Jonny breaks all predictable stereotypes and makes much of a meaningful statement in comparison to the rather predictable, disconcertingly omnipotent brit pop stalwarts.

Touring their new album ”˜Do It Again’, Twisted Wheel fuel the crowd with their rapturously received sharp, aggressive tone.

Clear favourite ”˜Ride’, receives recognition from the onlookers, whilst ”˜Double Yellow Lines’ remains a sincere devotation and much thanked appreciation to the recent death of the two Manchester Police women; Nicola Burns and Fiona Bone.

Obvious preferences such as ”˜You Stole the Sun’, reinforces their powerful anarchic nature, whilst rarely heard ”˜Bouncing Bombs’ leaves the crowd in singing in unison, showing the scale of the trio’s followers as almost the entire crowd spit out the shouting lyrics.

The vigour rarely fails, with ”˜Lucy the Castle’ sustaining momentum throughout and deservedly keeping its place as one of their best live songs. ”˜Strife’ and ”˜One Night on the Street’ fulfils audience’s expectation of frantic thrashing and raw vocal shouts, before leaving with a bang.

One again Twisted Wheel live up to their name, as their tight musicianship and relentless energy is something to be desired by all.

Set list

Poppy Love
Bad Candy
Lucy The Castle
She’s A Weapon
UK Blues
Smash It Up
Honey Girl One Night On The Street
Merry Go Round
Sweet 19
Do It Again
We Are Us
Bouncy Bomb [Jonny on his own]
Double Yellow Lines [Jonny on his own]

Oh What Have You Done
Post Man
You Stole The Sun

Twisted Wheel’s tour continues in Darlington tonight and then… 

  • 6 October in Sunderland at Bar One
  • 7 October in Newcastle at Academy Two
  • 9 October in Dundee at Non Zero’s
  • 10 October in Elgin at Flanagan’s
  • 11 October in Edinburgh at Electric Circus
  • 12 October in Glasgow at King Tut’s
  • 13 October in York at The Duchess
  • 15 October in Lincoln at the Engine Shed
  • 16 October in Liverpool at Eric’s
  • 19 October in Cardiff at The Globe

Images by Elspeth Moore.
Words by Elspeth Moore and Holly Emerson. You can read more from Elspeth on LTW here.

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