Barbara & Supercharger
Venue: Fibbers, YorkDate: 11 October 2014
a long drive down to York ahead of us we set off early for a
door opening of 7pm, but as we drove down we could see that
time and the weather would be our mistresses on the trip, as
a distant thunderstorm led our way, but an hour and a half
later we arrived at the newly improved Fibbers and little
did we know a veritable rock n' roll storm was brewing
we missed the opening band, but arrived in time for the Rock n' Roll tsunami that is
Denmark’s Supercharger, who hit the ground running with
'Hold On Buddy' instantly bringing the heat. Led by
the enigmatic frontman Mikkel, the band's high energy Rock
n' Roll was at its most ferocious tonight.
blazing set continued with the riff laden ‘Rise and
Fall’, led the mighty guitars of Thomas Buchwald, who
threw out the licks like a madman all night.
band brought in the big guns with 'Supercharged’, despite
a few technical problems for bassist Karsten Dines Johansen,
this Rock n' Rollercoaster raced on at breakneck speed, with
the band ripping though the set like the devil was two steps
band did bring the tempo down a touch to a stomping pace
with a little bluesy number the marvellous ‘Hungover In
Hamburg’, which had the York crowd singing-along, before
rolling back the years to their 'That’s How We Roll' opus
for ‘Rulers Of The Day’, although it was the set's
closers ‘Blood Red Lips’, the band's latest single from
the new album 'Broken Hearts and Fallaparts’, and 'Hell
Motel' that really got the crowd going. Wrapping up
perfectly another great set from the Danes. If you're
looking for the new Wildhearts then look no further than
the stage now set for a full on Rock n' Roll party, it
finally was time for Stockholm’s Crucified Barbara to hit
the stage. Tonight Mia, Ida, Klara and Nicki stepped
up and redefined female rock with one of the most impressive
shows we’ve seen this year.
Stockholm’s finest got the ball rolling with the title
track off their latest album ‘In The Red’, from
here on in Mia delivered the punch vocally, as well as
throwing out the licks on her Gibson Flying V, with Klara
backing things up with her Gibson Explorer 76. The
pair putting on six string display that threw away the myth
that girls can't play metal guitar.
set continued with the superb ‘The Crucifier’ from 'The
Midnight Chase' album, led by the bounding drums of
Nicki and the monster bass lines of Ida, before
rolling back the years to the debut for ‘Play Me Hard’,
with Mia setting the fret board on fire once more.
girls were really going all out tonight as their tight, no
nonsense, high energy Rock n' Roll continued with the superb
‘Sex Action’, before returning to the new album for the
anti rape anthem and latest single ‘To Kill A
Man’. The song opened up with those big bass lines
of Ida and the big hitting drums of Nicki, before Mia and
Klara unleashed some real metal licks, all capped by Mia’s
powerful vocals. I have to say this was definitely one
of the highlights of the set for me this one.
SuperCharger before them, the band had a few bass technical
issues as mid-way through 'Everything We Need’ Ida’s
bass dropped out, but such was the momentum gathered by the
rest of the band, they just continued and Ida soon returned
and it was all system go once more.
of the my many favourite tracks off the new album has to be
‘The Ghost Inside’ and live this one really shone.
It was then time to roll back the years to 'The Midnight
Chase’ for another high octane lick fuelled slice of Metal
with ‘Rock Me Like The Devil’, which had the crowd
absolutely jumping from the first chords, as the girls gave
us some synchronised head-banging to this one.
hard hitting rock continued as it was back to the new album
for ‘Lunatic #1’, then it was a quick thank you to the
support bands before unleashing ‘In Distortion We
Trust’, before rounding off their set in style with the
raucous anthem ‘I Sell My Kids For Rock N' Roll’.
the band barely leaving the stage the cheers went out for
more. The chants of "Barbara" echoed around
the venue at deafening levels. Luckily we didn’t
have to wait long before Mia returned alone to open up the
encore with ‘My Heart Is Black’. She was soon
joined by the rest of the band as they rocked this one to
the core. Next it was back to the new album for what
Mia described as her favourite track off the album, the
excellent ‘Electric Sky’, before the set and the night
was closed out as it started, with an all guns blazing
rocker in ‘In To The Fire’.
This was our first taste of the band live and by God it won't be our last! If you haven’t seen this band live yet then you’re missing one of the best all girl bands of all time, every single one of them rocking like they mean it.
On a side note I have to say we're really digging the new look Fibbers, after frequenting this particular venue for the past 12 years, I have to say this new location might just be the winning one to get the punters off their backsides and back to this live music venue. Let's hope so!
Review by: Barry McMinn & Little Linda
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