UK (Manchester), March 25, 2006 Review

artist: stiff little fingers date: 12/18/2006 category: live concerts
stiff little fingers: UK (Manchester), March 25, 2006
The tunes that Fingers play are anthems and while they listen to their stupid haired girly screaming crap crying about pop music we all stand in amazement to Jake's passionate lyrics in the newer song; 'Guitar And Drum'.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 9.4 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.7 
 Users rating:
 9 
 Votes:
 1 
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overall: 9.7
UK (Manchester), March 25, 2006 Reviewed by: macclad, on december 18, 2006
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Sound: Another absolute classic. Jake's voice gets better everytime I see them, fantastic range and, more often than not, much better than the original screamy vocals that he favoured in the '70s. It seem like he's now ventured into pro singing instead of the punk architype. They used the standard 2 guitars, one bass and drums. The sound they create is phanomenal, they use some amps called Carvin or something like that, anyway the Marshall heads give the mix such prescision that you'd think the sound was from the record. Fantastic Live players Who didn't miss a note. On the bass it's hard to say whether I prefer the recently returned Ali Mcmordie or the 10 years bass hero Bruce Foxton (of the Jam). However these are Ali's tunes (mostly) and he played them like it was the last time. Sheer brilliance. Grantley's energy on the drums always amazes me. The only thing that can be seen to be altered is the lack of fills in 'Alternative Ulster' but other than that Grantley gave us a fantastic display. Particularly smashing the rhyhtm to 'Johnny Was'. // 10

Perfomance: I have seen more bands than I care to remember which include System Of A Down and the Red Hot Chili Peppers but Stiff Little Fingers are by far the best band around at the moment, if only more young people like myself would pick up on it. The tunes that Fingers play are anthems and while they listen to their stupid haired girly screaming crap crying about pop music we all stand in amazement to Jake's passionate lyrics in the newer song; 'Guitar And Drum' which has the same message as the shit that bands like the Lost Prophets put out. Jake knows how to write. Put it down to experience but the fact that 'Wasted Life' was written when he was 19 sort of kills the theory. So yes, it was enjoyable! // 10

Overall Impression: Manchester has always been a favourite place of mine, the venue was pretty cool (Academy 2). On the university site as well so stuff was pretty damn cheap! The support Goldblade were a great display of the new musicians influenced by bands such as fingers and their songs such as 'The Power Of Rock And Roll' and 'Psycho' have a great fusion of the old and new underground stuff, there was definitely some GBH influenced vocals as well as almost Green Day like backing. I would pay well over 15 to see this show. There were no special effects or events. At the end of the day the music was better than any visuals that could be displayed. There is No Doubt about it, Fingers still have it. // 9

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