As part of their UK tour, Baby Godzilla played at The Fulford Arms, alongside Zoax and local up-and-comers, Manscreams.
By Jane Howkins
Photos by Chris Mackins
Manscreams were on first, delivering powerful riffs with a bluesy edge to them. Lead singer Jon Donnelly flailed across the stage, giving an emotional performance that even ended up with him practically naked (apart from his underpants) in the middle of the room.
Next up were Baby Godzilla’s tour buddies, Zoax. Their particular brand of hardcore switched between crushing metallic riffs and screams to more melodic singing, showing that Zoax certainly have a few tricks up their sleeves.
Frontman Adam was also a crowd pleaser, with charisma and an outstanding beard to match his bellowing voice.
For the majority of the show, he stayed off stage and interacted with the crowd, inciting floor dancing, and even taking one punter’s handbag to dance around with on stage (said handbag was of course given back at the end of the song, with the comment: ‘lovely bag!’)
Finally, after a small break, it was time for Baby Godzilla. While their predecessors could be described as heavy bands, the extremity of the headliners was an unexpected and rapid change of pace. Their set was mayhem, in the very best sense of the word. Amplifiers were flying everywhere along with tables and chairs, and the band spent the majority of the time off the ground balancing on top of objects. However, it says something about the technical skill of such a band that frontman Matt Reynolds and co. could play their instruments perfectly well while bouncing around the venue like madmen.
The crowd loved the band, furiously moshing along to their riffs and singing along to fan favourites such as ‘Powerboat Disaster’. All in all, a fantastic show, with Baby Godzilla and Zoax seeming almost certain for great things in the future.
Baby Godzilla played with Zoax and Manscreams at The Fulford Arms on Saturday 29 November 2014.