Last damp and windy night, few sounds in Camden were as inviting as the loud, raucous rock’n’roll blasting from the Stillery. To be fair, there wasn’t much competition bar a handful of idiots driveby-harassing women, and a couple having a bust-up in the street – but Wicked Snakes would still have come out on top had the competition been much stiffer. Wicked Snakes deal in no-bullshit rock music in the same Zep-meets-Queens-of-the-Stone-Age vein as Them Crooked Vultures – and they do it damn well.
The Hyena Kill’s latest release, Blisters/Still Sick (reviewed on TMMP here) comes very, very highly recommended – and this set also took in a tour of their harsh and gritty back catalogue. Vocalist/guitarist Steven Dobb did a fine job despite a cold and looking like he’d have been better off at home with a movie and some Lemsip, while drummer Lorna Blundell was really on fire. Seeing that level of technique, taking in pristinely clean runs and flawless fills, in a rock/post-hardcore context pushed this set over the top for me.
With winning songs, plenty of passion, great riffs, grit, determination, and a formidable powerhouse drummer, the Hyena Kill proved their worth at the Stillery. Fuck yes.
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