30 Oct 2018

UberRock reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Bonnacons of Doom live in Manchester

They say:

A night back at grassroots level sees me take in Geordie rabble rousers PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS, with support from ILL and Bonncons of Doom. Manchester is the destination for me once again, so over I head, this time to the Star & Garter, in the shadow of Piccadilly station, for an evening of fuzzy goodness.

Next on to something a fair bit subtler, as Bonnacons of Doom take to the stage, with the house lights on the stage. I'm struck halfway by the set on exactly how to describe them - take Siouxsie Sioux, implant her into Tool at her most aloof yet keep that slow, hypnotic feel of the demurer Tool releases for the music and it's a pretty good representation. Seeing a trombone warm up on stage was not quite what I expected from a hypnotic doom or psych band, but it fits very well, perching itself somewhat in the background. The robes and masks that they all wear, bar a couple of hooded members, fit well with the sound, working together to create an aura of almost mysticism, which makes the decision for the house lights over the stage to be on as somewhat even more bizarre than it usually would be regarded. Our female vocalist, during the introduction, beats a gong in a manner akin to a priestess, later switching her vocals between soft, almost ethereal sounds, shrieks and barely audible words, all weaving the spell well alongside the well-orchestrated musicians. The crescendo builds slowly up as they get through their set, becoming more in your face with the attitude by the time we hit the last track. An excellent and intriguing set...

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