Venue: Brew Dog, 35 Peter Street, Manchester
Another Friday night spectacular saw us trot on over to BrewDog Manchester to watch The Scandal’s live performance in conjunction with Oxjam. They’re a born and bred Yorkshire band consisting of George Fayle (lead vocals/guitar), Conor McDonald (bass/vocals) and Michael McManus (drums/vocals). The trio have known each other for years and have developed a polished product and sound. And by polished, a good kind of polished. Their style is widely considered as Blues rock with a twist of funk. You can’t be accused of pigeonholing these guys into one genre.
We’d been in contact with the manager Sharon for a while in order to get such an exciting band on Clowdy and she invited us to see the guys in the flesh. We’d never been the type to renege on such invitations. Now was not the time. BrewDog’s Dead Pony Club was the order of the day. Ale and great music. Everything was going to be just fine.
The band were setting up in the corner and were doing a few sound checks while we heard about similar recent gigs in Leeds and Newcastle. Some of their biggest gigs to date include First Direct Arena, The Cockpit and 02 Academy back in their home-town Leeds. Add in a main stage performance at Bingley Music Live last year so they are no stranger to the larger crowd.
Proceedings kicked off at 8:15 and the sound held perfectly in the room with flawless delivery. What impressed me most was the level of energy from each of them. George’s strong vocals really held their own above the screaming bass and powerful drums when it seemed like nothing else could compliment such intense levels. Thunderous yet precise and distinct. They performed six songs in total and one that really stuck out to me had to be ‘Chains’. The opening guitar riff was fantastically psychedelic and had me craving more from initially hearing it during sound checks. Troughs didn’t follow peaks that night. Evocative, and well just pretty darn brilliant, it left us wanting more by finish. Not a bad way to stop really.
It seems The Scandal are certainly heading in the right direction and deserve the exposure they’re garnering up here in the North West. Their 2 albums, “Roulette” and “Karolina” are available for digital download but if you want to hear the track “Chains” then head on over to Clowdy and check out their page.
Not one ‘scandalous’ reference either. Everyone’s a winner.