Manchester band Alias Kid have been chasing the Oasis crown – a combination of Manc guitar noise, classic clobber choruses and sharp casual attitude has seen them get a core support on the circuit, some great supports like with Primal Scream and Black Grape and the patronage of the legendary Alan McGee.
Of course running around in lad rock land is a lot fun – rock n roll mayhem and notoriety have always been part and parcel of the old school r’n’r experience – that escape from the doldrum dull real world.
But what it doesn’t paint is the full picture.
Alias Kid have so far staked their claim with catchy and anthemic songs but in the year since I’ve seen them live something has changed. They now come armed with a subtle sophistication to their sound with interweaving harmonies that see 3 sometimes 4 voices meld tighter in a rare beauty that gives them, a whole dramatic new option to their sound.
Like some kind of 21st century Crosby Stills Nash and Young the band now have a whole new set of textures to play with because they really can pull these perfect harmonies off live which gives the music a potential whole new emotional and melodic kick and a whole different direction to make their won – it will be intriguing to hear how they can meld their guitar rush with their vocal capability and confound their critics.
Watching them play tonight was like watching something truly special and magical Ina way that even the band maybe don’t even get themselves and that is, perhaps, the most magical thing about this elixir we call rock n roll.