Saturday 3rd September
Chickenstock, Sefton Park, Liverpool
Some wise old sage once penned ”Ëgreat things come in small packages’ ”â well the make-shift stage at Chickenstock was certainly compact, and El Toro! on tonight’s display must surely have greatness thrust upon them anytime soon?
El Toro! took to the stage, front man Jimmy O barking “This is El Toro!”Â before his band bludgeoned the crowd into a seething mosh-pit with their 60’s garage crossed with surf ”â but played with in your face punk attitude.
We featured these Liverpool based surf punks when they put out their self titled album back in March 2011 and were impressed then; live in the flesh the true ferocity of their sound is abundant ”â that Deltones sourced echo guitar, coupled with a lead surf guitar, the whole thing being driven by a hotwired 56′ Chevy ”â Jimmy O the lunatic behind the wheel screaming out clean crisp vocals before punishing a mouth harp, no instrument has been subjected to such treatment since the late great Lux Interior last slid across a stage.
Opening with newer number ”ËEscape Plan’ was brave, but El Toro! cleary don’t care about the ”Ënorms’ of a gig, and nor should they for they are presently one of the most vital bands in the UK, and to witness their loud menacing garage racket in such a confined venue induced a joyous intensity.
The set progresses with ”ËWho Said That’ and ”ËI Wanna Know’ lifted straight from the album before Jimmy steps out of the spotlight and the instrumental ”ËThe Boss Sound’ bares its teeth, surf guitar to the fore – like a cross between The Adams Family sat listening to The Shadows but then The Cramps gatecrash the party”Â¦ judging by the pace at which ”ËVendetta’ is played it was one hell of a party!
The Chickenstock crowd are lapping this up ”â El Toro! respond by launching into ”ËNo Doctor’ with drummer Ben offering up his kit for sacrifice as he beats it to a pulp; the flailing masses stage front can only cope with one more and that comes in the form of ”ËShame’ before El Toro! disappear into the darkness of the night.
El Toro! are currently producing some of the most intensely enjoyable and immediate sounds you are likely to hear; if you’re in the mood for having your mind blown then this is the band to look out for.
El Toro! have a few dates in September before rather special gig Friday 7th October at The Kazamier, Liverpool which they describe as “the theme is kinky/fetish/bondage — NASTY HABITS! So we expect to see plenty of transvestitism, dominatrices, gimps, furries and those weird baby-people turning up”Â
One for the diary me thinks!