Bigfoot, Pilgrim@Rebellion Bar, Manchester, 03.03.17

Bigfoot

Bigfoot have had a run of very bad luck recently with their van being badly damaged in an attempted break-in, their Facebook page disappearing without trace or explanation and their drummer Tom breaking his hand, but nothing was going to stop tonight’s sold-out gig going ahead. Josh from Fahran stepped up to take Tom’s place which meant the planned set had to be slightly shortened but it was still promising to be an amazing night.

IMG_2383Supporting tonight were Pilgrim who describe themselves as “Good old fashioned rock ‘n roll” and certainly deliver the goods in the form of red hot riffs and a funky rhythm. We were treated to some tracks from their first, self-titled, EP including ‘Shame’ which featured an incredibly groovy instrumental mid-section, as well as some tracks from the upcoming EP which is due to be recorded in April. There were also a couple of well chosen covers; ‘Purple Haze’ by Jimi Hendrix and ‘Cold Sweat’ by Thin Lizzy which got the crowd singing and dancing. Guitarist Adam Healey looked like he was having a great time, smiling along and making the outstanding riffs look effortless, and holding it all together were super-smooth bassist Alex Rees and the brilliantly enthusiastic drummer Cliff Collins who was a joy to watch. David Corfield is a great frontman and outstanding vocalist who engaged the crowd really well, and Pilgrim proved to be the perfect fit for the headliners tonight.

IMG_2506Bigfoot really know how to own a stage. They have their image and stage presence down to a tee as well as bags of talent, making them a perfect rock band delivering modern rock with a classic influence. Tonight’s set kicked off with the powerful ‘Stone Soldiers’, the opening track from their latest EP of the same name, followed by my personal favourite ‘Run’. Antony Ellis’ dynamic vocals combined well with the twin lead guitars of Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, driven by Matthew Avery on bass and Josh doing a brilliant job in his role of stand-in drummer. The guitar solos are worth a special mention as Sam and Mick took their turn in the spotlight and bounced off each other perfectly. ‘In the Gutter’ is a funky number with a superb bass line running throughout courtesy of Matt, then Antony’s acoustic guitar came out for ‘Come Down My Way’ which starts off with just the acoustic and vocal, then builds to a powerful crescendo with the rest of the band joining in, featuring more of those amazing twin guitars.

There is exciting new stuff to come as Bigfoot have signed a record deal and their first full album is in the making. We heard the emotional ‘Forever Alone’ from the new album and then ‘Blame it on the Dog’ changed the pace with its tongue-in-cheek chorus and a funny story to accompany it. The set ended on the sing-along, rifftastic ‘The Other Side of Paradise’ from the 1st EP. The band took a bow to thunderous applause and drummer Tom Aspinall was called to the stage to join in. Tom enthused about what a great night he’d had watching his band play, and thanked Josh for standing in. Bigfoot deliver a belter of a  show every time and seem to gel together really well. It was great to see them selling out a venue like Rebellion, but perfectly understandable to anyone who is familiar with the band.

Review: Rachel McMurdo

Photos:  Fiona Harold

Set list:

  1. Stone Soldiers
  2. Run
  3. Tie Me Down
  4. In the Gutter
  5. Come Down My Way
  6. Bitch Killer
  7. Just Like Me
  8. Forever Alone
  9. Blame it on the Dog
  10. The Other Side of Paradise

Bigfoot’s new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bigfootbanduk/?fref=ts


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