March 31, 2017 |

Sumo Cyco & Devilskin @ Birmingham o2 Academy

Sumo Cyco & Devilskin @ Birmingham o2 Academy

March 31, 2017 |

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Opening the night were West Midlands based Rock band Sister Shotgun with a hometown show. Although this band was plagued with tech issues during their set, with the way they handled it, they showed true professionalism!

A fairground-esc walk on track started, reminding me of similarities to ‘A Little Piece of Heaven’ by Avenged Sevenfold, but slightly less creepy, setting the atmosphere and building hype. They dropped straight in with heavy bone crunching riffs melding into catchy, infectious vocal melodies. Their set featured strong dynamics, with highlights being ‘From the Ashes’ and ‘Miss Fortune’ showing off Chloe’s powerful voice. The backing harmonies were good, however slightly hard to hear along with the lead guitar lines.

First tech issue of the night was the main vocal mic cutting out, however Chloe instantly went over and took the guitarists backing vocal mic to use rather than being phased or overly interrupted. A few other issues cropped up like the rhythm guitar cutting out completely and some mix issues, however the band stayed strong and finished on a high. Their stage presence was strong, featuring synchronised head banging in parts, pulling the guitarists hair and expressive faces, however some gaps between songs seemed slightly awkward, possibly down to nerves or tech issues, but overall they radiated passion.

With a little more refining and development, this band is definitely one to watch out for.
Next up were Nottingham/Derby based no-nonsense hard hitters Eva Plays Dead. Unlike a lot of bands these days, they didn’t have a walk on or intro track, jumping straight into action, delivering a tight polished performance.

The focus point was clearly on vocalist Tiggy for the majority of the set, although the rest of the band held their own on stage reflecting her aggression in milder doses. Tiggy came across as slightly arrogant in places, but overall their performance was strong. Tiggy’s punk influenced style of vocals are very forceful and aggressive, however slightly lacking in dynamics and after about half of their set it all started to sound a little bit samey, lacking emotion, but still enjoyable non the less.

The band have a slightly elaborate set up, with guitar and bass both running through two heads and cabs, saying that though the tones were thick, heavy, and overall very good. When the guitar cuts back slightly however, the bass tone is a bit too hissy and could benefit from toning it down slightly until the guitar comes back in.

To end their set, they performed an impressive re-arranging of the drum kit, taking it into the center of the crowd and setting up for a drum solo into outro. Very impressive in terms of stage show, however it seemed slightly out of place for an opening band and more like something that should be done as headliners or main support. Even so, the crowd loved it, as did the band.