When: 12 March 2012
Where: Rescue Rooms (Red Room), Nottingham
There's only one way to dispel the Monday blues, and that's to drink through them whilst blasting your senses with some live fucking music. Lucky then, that I'm Not From London put together a four band bill with the capabilities to brainwash gig-goers into thinking it's a Friday night. Nice one.
An early start meant that we missed openers Widows, but we arrive just in time for Cut Yourself In Half. Falling somewhere between Queens Of The Stone Age and Pulled Apart By Horses on the sound-o-meter, the band delve into the realms of stoner rock with big riffs. Now on paper this sounds like an exciting prospect, but Cut Yourself In Half lack the personality to carry it off convincingly, and their set seems like a drawn out, over-indulgent band practise. That's not to say that moments weren't head-noddingly good, but maybe a shorter set of choice material would have been better for the ol' attention span.
Noise-mongers Alright The Captain bring some additions to their instrumental arsenal tonight, in the form of a second drummer and some sweet European vibes. Huddled around a red light and burning incense in the middle of the floor, the band fill the room with their own savage brand of progressive math-rock. The band dole out hypnotic guitar loops and FX-heavy bass-lines like candy, and with the added bite of the dual-drumming action, 'Captain are on tip-top form.
Fast becoming local heroes, Baby Godzilla play through their set like it's the last show they'll ever play. The stage is an unnecessary formality, and they soon escape its confines as the axe-wielders of the band venture back and forth into the ready-and-willing crowd. The brash exterior of Baby Godzilla's punk'n'roll gives rise to a chaotic set which is essentially a victory lap of filfthy riffs, bluesy grooves and punk-rock attitude. If I was to guess what the band's aim was before they walked on stage tonight, I would imagine it was to rip the Red Room a new one. And they did. What day is it again?