Gig Review: Swine Tax's Release Show at Think Tank (14/07/2018)
Well, it's no doubt that Swine Tax's pulsing new tracks have certainly made an entrance with their Release Show at Think Tank on Saturday the 14th.
With the support of 3/4 of Japanese TV Club, The Yada Yada Yadas and Roxy Girls, the night was truly filled with appreciation and some fantastic music.
Due to the absence of their drummer, the frontman of Japanese TV Club took to the kit, as their bassist and their lead guitarist more than made up for the hole in the band.
The guys carried the set gallantly and put on a great show, which is highly impressive due to the circumstances they were faced with. Playing and promoting their new EP 'Cry and Compliment Me', everyone was looking forward to JTVC playing 'Tommy', and nobody was disappointed.
Despite their rhythm guitarist and vocalist being on the drum kit (he was great by the way!), these guys smashed it; and I think that says a lot about the band.
They also announced towards the end of their set that their lead guitarist Ellis will be leaving the band to much sorrow but also intrigue about what the future will hold for them.
The Yada Yada Yadas were on after JTVC and they utterly blew me away.
This was the first time I saw them live and oh my it will not be the last…
They genuinely put so many layers and effects into their music it's so interesting to hear live. All the while, their vocalist's voice totally reminds me of Brian Molko's from Placebo, it sounds borderline pop-punky. The band also included a rendition of Mac Demarco's 'Ode to Viceroy', which was an impeccable choice, as everyone in the room clearly knew it, and joyfully sang along.
Roxy Girls are renowned for their obscure song structures and higgledy-piggledy sounding tracks. Seeing them live is like some sort of marathon that constantly stops and starts abruptly, which isn't a negative at all.
In fact, it's quite riveting and it keeps you on your toes constantly. These guys performed their songs live with such verve and vigour, it was totally enchanting.
Finally Swine Tax kicked off their set with some of their classics (‘Brittle’ and ‘Feels Like’, etc) and like the humble guys they are, thanked all of the other bands for their performances and everyone in the crowd for coming along. Swine Tax genuinely seemed to be truly grateful for everyone who came, and that was quite a pleasant, personal feeling.
They introduced 'Thorns' and 'Never Ending' and the crowd greeted the new singles with open arms and ears. Everyone was bopping their heads in unison!
in fact, the atmosphere of the whole night was incredibly welcoming, people weren't afraid to have a dance at the front, and that was great to see.
Swine Tax scored a truly appreciative and chilled Release Show, everyone had a really great time, and I certainly did too!
Photography by: Jenn McCardle