“The Wildhearts Strike Back”
Tour kicking off at The Wulfrun in Wolverhampton
tonight sees bandmates Ginger, CJ, Rich and additional
bassist Scott Sorry reunited after a four year
hiatus which is a regular feature of this band.
The path has never been straightforward for The
Wildhearts due to feuds with record companies,
various band members being fired by Ginger at
any one time and drugs/depression but the legions
of fans that have been collected along the way
remain a loyal bunch and looking around me tonight,
the venue is packed. It’s good to see and
I’m expecting big things too from this lot.
The Wildhearts have always been about noise, energy
and in-yer-face tunage and tonight is no exception.
The four land on stage and launch right into proceedings
which whips the already buoyed-up crowd into a
frenzy and I’m pleased to say, muchos crowd-surfing
is had by a few lucky individuals at the front.
>The first track tonight is S.I.N. (In Sin) followed
by Nexus Icon. Hits such as Sick of Drugs, Caffeinebomb,
My Baby is a Headfuck and I Wanna Go Where the
People Go are all thrown in for good measure before
they end with Nothing Ever Changes but the Shoes
and 29 x The Pain. The whole gig flies by tonight
- the only downside is that The Wulfrun seriously
needs to sort out its mixing desk and sound in
general as people in the crowd were struggling
to tell one song from another tonight due to tunes
that sounded like they were being played through
cotton wool. Towards the end, CJ’s guitar
was virtually non-existent and any solos just
didn’t happen. A real shame as the band
played their hearts out tonight but were let down
by equipment. Other than that, top cheese!
The Wildhearts 4/5
Review And Photos By Claire Whelpton