Kick Out #4: Deja Vega, Uncle Jane, Gardenback, KingFast, 81 Renshaw St, 16/03/2018
Oldham’s Gardenback return to Kick Out after a great response last time. Its easy to fill a review with comparisons and whilst avoiding that cliché its difficult not to go down that path when they wear their influences so brightly on their sleeve. This is no bad thing in their case.
With an intro that disappointingly sounded like they were launching into a cover of OCS’s “Riverboat Song“, everything turns into Tago Mago lite Canand is all the better for it. From that point on its pure joy all the way.
Lyrics about motorways and dark as hell basslines can’t help to raise the spirit of Joy Division and new track “Bulldog” shows perhaps the real Gardenback, despite maintaining decades of musical heritage like a musical version of a bag of Rowntree’s Randoms.
“Health and Well Being” is a beautiful thing, created from a wall of driving guitars and killer drums that sound nothing like a three piece from Oldham should. “Sweetness“, a highlight in this explosive set sounds like one of those belter B Sides by Blur that called on Barrett era Floyd for Brownie points, Gardenback repay the favour.
Whilst “Bury Me” resembles a typical downbeat album closer, there is a sense that this may be the first wrong foot in an otherwise impeccable set, but no, it redeems itself as a classy composition and a perfect place to exit. Gardenback are a band I want to listen to a lot more.
Northern Alive’s review from supporting Scarlet. at the castle hotel in Manchester.
Scarlet. | Live at The Castle | 08/02/18
‘Main support of the night came from local band Gardenback. After only hearing their material online, I was thrilled to finally see them and they didn’t disappoint. Opening the set with Motorway, the band played hit after hit which both old and new fans seemed to love. The highlight of the set for me was the track, Health and Wellbeing. The song sports an addictive, punk bassline coupled with vocals reminemcent of the Dead Kennedy’s, you couldn’t help but dance to their ever-growing beat. Playing crowd pleasers such as Bull Dogsand Sleepless, Gardenback brought their driving set to a close with Bury Me. The track showed the band’s more gentle and melodic side before it progressed into a sound I was more familiar with- lead bass lines with attitude, along with a powerful drum beat and reverberating guitar chords. You can listen to their hypnotic, garage sound here.’
Read here the reviews from the All-Dayer at Jimmy’s NQ.
Even The Stars: http://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2018/01/dantevilles-hello-operator-gardenback.html?m=0
“They’re a band we hadn’t heard of before, but who really impressed us.”
Northern Alive: https://northernalive.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/lucoo-live-27-01-18/#more-1278
“The trio’s song Bulldog is particularly ear catching and includes a mixture of fierce, warped riffs with chanting vocals.”
Music and Gigs: https://www.musicandgigs.co.uk/single-post/2018/01/31/LIVE-LuCoo-Live-All-Dayer-in-Manchester
“Back in July we went to Gardenback’s debut single launch gig at Jimmy’s and what a show they put on!
Now the trio are back with a brand new track ‘Bulldogs’. A rapid, dirty bassline fits perfectly beneath the roaring vocals and gritty riffs. “B-U-L-L-D-O-G!” gives an added bonus to a live set, as you can imagine the crowd chanting along to the bruising track. We spoke to the lads about their “music for the anxious loner” and what they’ve got in store as the year comes to a close.”
Read more below:
BOOM! : Gardenback ‘Bulldogs’
Huge thanks for Emerging North for our first review on our latest single ‘Bulldogs’
“The crys of ” you bark like a bulldog!” and “B-U-L-L-D-O-G!” imply that Bulldog has all the attributes of being a big fan favourite whenever Gardenback take to the stage.”
Click through this link here to read the full review:
“Gardenback’s set never let you sit still, no matter how much you wanted to because of the sweat box venue we were in. From their new mesmerizing songs to their killer covers (“Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads and “Temptation” by New Order for their encore), it is easy to say they stole the show with their passionate playing, constant energy and an overall tight set. “
Listen in tonight to Trafford Sound as we’ll be on the Live and Local show sometime between 8-10pm playing a couple of tracks acoustic and chatting about upcoming gigs and plans.