My Vitriol: The Fleece, Bristol – live review
The Fleece, Bristol
22nd October 2013
Louder Than War’s Philip Allen checks out long running alt-rock band My Vitriol in Bristol at the Fleece.
In 2001, with the release of their debut album, ‘Finelines’, My Vitriol quickly built a large following from touring with bands such as, Muse, Manic Street Preachers and Ash. Then, at the height of their success, they dropped off the musical map for a good three years in order to write and record their second album. Although no album showed up, they did tour extensively throughout the late 2000s, releasing a few singles and a live album. After another long hiatus, the band is back with the announcement of a new album, financed via the PledgeMusic service, which is proving popular with bands big and small.
On stage, new guitarist and bassist, Seth Taylor and Tatia Starkey (Grand-daughter of Ringo!) as well as drummer, Ravi Kesaravam join lead singer, Som Wardner after he gives a mellow solo rendition of, ‘London City Lights’. When they break into, ‘War Of The Worlds’, the hot sweaty crowd are treated to the volume and energy this band is renowned for. Even though Som is having guitar issues, it sounds incredibly big and incredibly loud. Old song, ‘Cemented Shoes’ gets the crowd shifting as their aggression rubs up against their melodic pop.
Tonight, the band sound like they have something to prove and new song, ‘Cast Aspersions’ shows Som has lost none of his melodic vocal charm. ‘Mood Swings’ and ‘Losing Touch’ takes the intensity back up into the red with some incredible drumming from Ravi and the band push the sound to the limit with some ear-splitting sound gymnastics. They do sound like The Smashing Pumpkins at times with their bombastic proto-metal and, ‘Always Your Way’ goes some way to proving this with its anthemic explosion and fearless guitar work from Seth. Ending the show with, ‘Tongue Tied’ and an instrumental outro that allows them to get wild, we are left with no doubt that My Vitriol are back to make a big noise.
All words by Philip Allen. More work by Philip can be found in his Louder Than War archive.