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Carjack Mallone

Trudie Robinson heads to the Ritz for a mish, mash and a mosh

Published on July 8th 2008.


Carjack Mallone

Is there a better venue to see live bands than the Ritz? Ah, the faded grandeur of the art deco with its peeling gilt edges, neon lighting and viscerally coloured carpeting. And what better place to check out some of the freshest local musical talent about in the city; in particular headliners Carjack Mallone.

“Hints of Red Chilli Peppers in funk undertones mingle with a Foo Fighters sound and there’s evidence of Dave Grohl’s previous combo Nirvana too.”

Stepping in to fill the gap left by the advertised Feral Man were Sons of the Stage followed by the Bolton youngsters A Foreign Town with an indie sound sitting somewhere between Ash and Busted. The Virgin Mary’s proved that the 70s is far from a dead and buried decade and despite probably being in kindergarten (if that) back then, they reprised the sound perfectly employing shades of AC/DC and Iron Maiden with hints of Deep Purple.

Judging by the range of the crowd, undoubtedly some family were in tonight, but Carjack Mallone certainly have their own following, admirably filling out the venue. They’re already causing a stir on the music scene and have garnered some press especially as they’ve become known for their ‘hands on’ approach to performance – quite literally as frontman Daniel Hughes likes nothing more than stage diving and riding on the shoulders of his crowd.

With their entrance on stage, the room swiftly divided into the mosh pit down the front (through impressively reaching halfway down the space) and those that preferred to clutch their plastic pints in the safer confines of the edges of the room. Hughes has certainly perfected the rock star swagger as he took to the stage moments after the rest of the band - appearing through the glistening spray of beer sent up by the excited moshers, closely followed by the empty pint pots. Commanding the stage throughout, Hughes strutted, marched and lasted until the third song before launching himself into the crowd.

The band’s rock stylings have as much attitude. There’s the incessant onslaught of drums beaten raw and wall of guitar noise (I can’t feel my ears). Hints of Red Chilli Peppers in funk undertones mingle with a Foo Fighters sound and there’s evidence of Dave Grohl’s previous combo Nirvana too. Elsewhere there’s even a touch of the Placebos and things turn a touch gothy for one number. Certainly, previous comparisons in style to Rage Against the Machine are not far wrong.

The night ended on an unintentional comedy moment when the band and crowd wanted an encore and the sound man thought otherwise and switched their mics off. Thought we’d have to hotfoot it out of there sharpish for a minute. The fact that they remain unsigned, though they’ve only been together a couple of years, is a surprise. It can’t be too long before that resolves itself.

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Sam WorsleyJuly 8th 2008.

I was there on Friday night to watch A Foreign Town, they were brilliant and definately a band to watch out for in the future - they're going to be big !!!

Cristiano MarzoliJuly 8th 2008.

...hey there...of course i was talking about CARJACK MALLONE...even if i'm not english (ITALIANO 100%) i am proud of them...

chris druryJuly 8th 2008.

I went to watch Aforeigntown on Friday night and they gave a brilliant, energetic, interactive performance. If you want to see them they are on at Academy 3 on 22 August.I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more of Aforeigntown !

Cristiano MarzoliJuly 8th 2008.

Guys, i was there, and i was there not just to be there...i was there because they're not "a wast of time"...they're growing up, especially in the "live" performances, "touching the crowd"...with the patience and the good advises they could find the right way to the consacration...anyway, joe is quite selfish, but i love him...ciao

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