Spear of Destiny: The Ruby Lounge, Manchester: Sept 25th 2014 – live review

Spear of Destiny
The Ruby Lounge, Manchster
Sept 25th 2014

I love The Ruby Lounge. Just off Market Street in Central Manchester, the venue is becoming a much favoured venue with some impressive names displayed on their flyers and posters.

Downstairs to a dark room with a low ceiling, this is perfect for Spear Of Destiny. They’ve played here before, so they must think so too. I like how close up you can get to the band and I like the leather sofas for those times when you really must sit down!

I managed to catch support act David R Black and was pleased that I did. The meaty basslines and chunky guitars reminded me of 80’s favourites  Balaam and the Angel and the March Violets. I’ll keep an eye and ear on David R Black.

Spear of Destiny are like the Galacticos of the Alternative Rock scene. Frontman Kirk Brandon is accompanied by Craig Adams on bass, once of Sisters of Mercy and still The Mission. Then there’s Mike Kelly, drummer also with The Mission. On guitar is Adrian Portas, once of New Model Army. Together with Stevie Allen Jones on keyboards, they create a sound that is classic Spear, but at the same time represents the modern day Spear. It really works.

They’re on tour to promote the new album ’31 (Thirty-One)’ – I like this album because there’s that classic Spear sound – some tracks very reminiscent of their final 80’s album The Price You Pay (opener Titanium Man for example). On the other hand, tracks like Sputnik and Australian Love Song offer something different.

One track that jumps out is “Here Comes The Sun”, partly because of it demonstrates how Kirk Brandon still has that famous vocal range but also because of how it reminds me of that Cult classic Rain. Have a listen – see if you agree.

Although this was a gig on a new album tour, I was more than happy with the classic Spear favourites played too. Rainmaker, Rocketship, The Wheel, Land of Shame, Come Back, So In Love With You and Young Men were all there – the evening completed with Never Take Me Alive and Liberator.

Spear of Destiny always promise and always deliver. There are still plenty of dates on this tour to catch them live so do yourself two favours – buy the new album and go see ’em play. You won’t regret it because contrary to the lyrics of Rocketship, they are very special!

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