Gig Review
The Wildhearts
A, Tragedy
Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
8th December 2008

The Wildhearts        A                           Tragedy
Tonight’s gig almost seems backwards; the best band was first, the worse last. For me, the Wildhearts were the anticlimax of an otherwise fantastic evening.

First up is Tragedy. The band’s logo implies that they are going to be some sort of death metal act, but I’m proven very wrong. They are, infact, a heavy metal tribute to the Bee Gees from New York, and they are absolutely amazing. I should have known when no less than eight microphones were set up onstage ready for their arrival that they were going to be something special. Visually, they’re stunning: skin tight silver and gold leggings, huge sparkly shoes, pink hair, glitter all over their faces, tons of jewellery, and leopard print. You could even describe them as a camper version of Spinal Tap; their comedy value and energy are breathtaking. And they’re not just a sideshow either; they’re actually amazing musicians and note perfect singers (their voices even reach the dizzying heights of the Bee Gees). They play all the classics you’d expect, and finish with ‘Tragedy’, introducing it as “a song about us”. Truly the best opening act I’ve ever seen, and I’m fairly confident the enthusiastic crowd would agree with me - especially the fat man sans shirt dancing in the middle of the floor for the entire set.

The next supports, A, are returning from a three year hiatus and there are plenty of people there just for them. In particular, there are two guys with visors (trademark A attire) who keep screaming for them to play an obscure B side, which the band can’t even remember how to play. They opt for ‘Rush Song’ as their opener, which receives a lukewarm reaction, but everyone is singing when they move onto the classic ‘Monkey Kong’. Even though they have a couple of extra wrinkles than the last time they were here, they haven’t lost any of their energy, and it’s amazing to see them back where they belong. My only criticism is that they don’t play enough of their older material for my liking (where were ‘Lake Tahoe’ and ‘Number One’?!), but they finish with ‘Nothing’ and we all want more than their 45 minute set allows. Hopefully there will be more time when they return with their promised new album…

I’m not sure how to review The Wildhearts. I’m new to them, and am expecting big things from them. The buzz from the crowd is incredible, and one lady nearly dies when a fellow photographer tells her what is on the set list. But, what can I say? When they finally arrive amongst all the hype, I’m seriously underwhelmed. To the untrained ear, their music sounds, frankly, like one long, loud, monotonous, incessant, blurry noise. Each song blends into the next, and none of them inspires me to even tap a toe. The band members, especially Ginger are fairly energetic, but they pail in significance compared to Tragedy and A. In a word: disappointing. I almost regret seeing the set list earlier - because I know I have to endure 18 songs of this (including a 7 song encore).

Having said all that, they obviously have a lot going for them - the crowd’s enthusiasm doesn’t waiver throughout the lengthy set, and they’re still thirsty for more at the end. Perhaps this band just isn’t my bag. They have an almighty fanbase and enjoy considerable success, so I guess I must be missing something. Please, someone, tell me what it is!

Tragedy - 5/5
A - 4/5
The Wildhearts - 3/5

Review and photos By Helen
 The Wildhearts

Ginger (Vocals, Guitar)
CJ (Vocals, Guitar)
Scott Sorry (Vocals, Bass)
Ritch Battersby (Drums)


Jason Perry
Mark Chapman
Adam Perry
John Mitchell


Coming Soon

 Band Related Links
The Wildhearts Myspace
A Official Website
Tragedy Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?