Nights like last night make me marvel that people at large will gladly elevate the turgid and passionless shit that fills the charts whilst ignore things on their doorstep that are, well, better.
A gig featuring 3 Daft Monkeys, along with support from 3 Eyed Fox and Ferocious Dog – hence the blog title, not just a reference to the three primate headliners, but three bands all featuring animal references!
It was the headline act speaking about their new single and the difficulty in getting national airplay because it ‘wasn’t mainstream enough’ – last time I checked mainstream music was mostly absolute shit. Personally I don’t see why, if exposed to it, some good honest creative folk inspired music like theirs shouldn’t appeal to a wider audience than it is currently able to reach.
3 Eyed Fox got off to a great start by covering the Levs, the relatively obscure ‘Red Sun Burns’ too. A three piece featuring guitar, fiddle and lead vocals – really enjoyable, I wasn’t aware they were playing ’til the night itself so I hadn’t got myself into position to record any vids, but they did have a dutiful friend camcordering the whole gig so I imagine they’ll surface on YouTube soon enough!
Whilst I was bang up for seeing the headline act, having not seen them live before (but possess quite a bit of their recorded material) it was really Ferocious Dog who were the reason for me going. By god they didn’t disappoint. The smaller venue than I’d seen them in before and the vantage spot I found at the back of the dancefloor gave me a great view of both the stage and carnage unfurling infront of me.
I have uploaded lots of videos of both Ferocious Dog and the headliners, but it seems only fair to embed their opener which they kindly dedicated to Linda who couldn’t make the gig (her ticket clearly cursed, as the friend I had given it to was also stricken by illness so it remained unused despite attempts to find a home for it yesterday), one of their newer songs called Lyla:
The stage is perhaps a little on the small side for a band of six – but they squeezed on and didn’t bang into one another so perhaps not. The more intimate sized venue worked really well though. Check out the mosh-fest to Mairi’s Wedding pt II:
Then on to the headline act – 3 Daft Monkeys (there are four of them with the addition of percussion) feature a twelve-string guitar, a fiddle, a bass and percussion – and they were bloody awesome too. I like their recorded stuff a lot, but live it just comes to life in a way that is difficult to describe.
The relatively ‘rooted’ stance of Tim Ashton on the twelve-string and lead vocals is juxtaposed by the always-in-motion and incredibly-expressive impish figure of Athene Roberts on fiddle and vocals. Lukas Drinkwater manages to put across a ‘cheeky chappy’ image from the depths of the stage whilst poor Richie Mulryne is mostly hidden at the back playing a range of percussion with his hands (and feet in the case of the kick drums).
It’s an incredibly engaging live performance and delivers a lot more oomph than comes across on their albums. A lot of the crowd were in for Ferocious Dog but they stayed with it and really added to a tumultuous atmosphere throughout the headline act too – and they seemed to genuinely appreciate the enthusiasm of the local crowd. Hopefully that means they feel compelled to play here again soon, as I’d definitely go to see them again.
The highlight for me was the playing of current single ‘Days of the Dance’, which alas I didn’t manage to get a recording of (but you should buy the single, regardless – for 79p you’d struggle to find something better value!). However, a close second was the excellent Social Vertigo which I did capture – and starts to show how performance and the crowd blend into an amorphous whole. It also introduces the term ‘a Nottingham fuck up’ which I thought was the preserve of the football team in Red from the area!
Should you happen upon 3 Eyed Fox, Ferocious Dog or 3 Daft Monkeys on your local listings then you could do a lot worse than to give them a listen!