Luke’s Alphabet Tour – T: Turbowolf at London Garage – 10th October 2012

By on Tuesday, 27th November 2012 at 2:00 pm

Firstly, an apology. If you’re an avid reader of TGTF you may have noticed this Alphabet Tour once or twice, and it’s now into the home stretch. However, I have been a little lax on them lately. So if you were one of the few people who read about my gigging exploits, here’s a long overdue review.

In the centre of the stage, overlooking the three-quarters full audience at the Garage, is a large effigy of Tutankhamun’s head. It’s an odd piece of stage bling to have for a band from Bristol, that (to the knowledge of this writer) aren’t connected to Egypt, or the Pharaoh in question. But then again, Turbowolf are a band of many surprises, and their Pandora’s Box is to be opened tonight for all to see.

The punk ‘n’ roll Bristolians might be more accustomed to playing smaller, more intimate venues than this, but they make it their own with ease and hook everyone in to their bounce-along, psychedelic metal riffs. The term psychedelic metal is used loosely as pigeon-holing this crew is nigh on impossible. Blasting through to pit-starting ‘Ancient Snake’ and ‘The Big Cut’, they plunge deep into the realm of noise with their cover of Lightning Bolt‘s ‘Captain Caveman’. Suddenly the pace is taken up a notch and limbs begin flailing down front as London comes alive now it’s been unequivocally warmed up.

The thrashy, hard-hitting vibe continues throughout the night as the crowd are treated to ‘A Rose For Crows’, as well as some newbies that are met with open arms (arms that start pounding the air at any given moment). The energetic and nominee for Mr. Moustache 2012, Chris Georgiadis, runs around the stage and the barrier whipping up his throngs of fans and ensuring the momentum never dips.

You’d think if a band drop a cover of Lightning Bolt, you know what sort of music they’re about. But at the end of the set, Turbowolf bring another belter out of their arsenal – ‘Somebody To Love’ by Jefferson Airplane. If the floor wasn’t moving already, the dancing feet of the Garage have sprung into life. Hardcore and fairweather fans of Turbowolf are singing along with every word and showing their appreciation to one of the hardest working and often overlooked bands on the UK circuit. If they’re in a town near you, you need to go along and party.

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