Live Review: Carridale, Hot Damn & Landmarks – Star & Garter, Manchester – 5/4/2012

Local pop-punkers Landmarks kicked off the night with a very impressive set after declaring that this is only the second time they have performed live. Frontman Liam Kennedy interacted well with the crowd which encouraged cheers in between songs, a trait that most would not achieve successfully after forming just over 2 months ago. Most new born pop punk bands enter a vulnerable trap creating monotonous songs with simple chords and tiresome drum beats. Landmarks have cleverly avoided this trap and stepped out with a fresh, energetic sound. With their power beats, heavier breakdowns and mix of clear and shouted vocals, Landmarks have already achieved a lot in a short space of time.

Next up were Carridale’s touring support band, South Welsh quintet Hot Damn. Their singers rough, edgy vocals work very well for the band combined with the occasional softer backing vocals from other band members. There was definite emotion in the vocals throughout the set, which displayed the bands dedication to connect with their audience and create meaningful songs. The melodic guitar work was something to take note of giving Hot Damn that edge over your stereotypical straight up pop-punk band and overall each member worked successfully together to create a tight, energetic sound.

Finally on stage were the highly anticipated Carridale. Treating fans to an 8-song set the band set out to impress and they certainly succeeded. Their passion for their music was reflected from the moment they stepped out on stage, with all members charismatically charming the crowd with their progressive sounds and lively personalities. Considering this was their first UK tour, Carridale performed with exceptional confidence and their tight sound was made even more astounding when they announced they had a stand-in lead guitarist.

The five-piece brought an offering of songs from both ‘Attack of the BRO-Bots: Redux’ and ‘Relapse of the River City’, surprisingly not including their new single in the set; however the mix of songs went down well with some of the crowd singing along throughout the set.

Carridale reaped energy and their catchy, sometimes heavy pop-punk riffs, strong vocals and powerful drumbeats created a fantastic live sound. Let’s hope they don’t leave it too long until they make another UK appearance!

‘The Wandering’ by Carridale is released digitally on May 1st.

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Words by Hannah Gillicker

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