Monkey3 were finally back in the UK after a three year abscence. The band were back supporting their new album Astra Symmetry, another impressive milestone for a band who seem to do no wrong.
Opening the show were local lads Lo Chief. With a 70s groove influence, Lo Chief were an enjoyable opener. Channelling the greats that came before them, Lo Chief emulated the spirit of the 70s mixed with the riffs of Kyuss to kick the show off in style. The keyboards complemented the riffs nicely for a band who got the show off on the right foot.
Up next were the brilliant The Fierce And The Dead, a very groovy, heavy, psychedelic, stoner, instrumental prog rock band from the UK. The Fierce and The Dead are a band that have everything going well for them at the moment and for good reason. They were a class act with intriguing hooks, funny stage banter between members and powerful riffs. The band are living proof that wizards exist with a spellbinding, captivating set that proves this band will go on to big things.
Monkey3 were from another realm. On the stage dominated by neon signs of the bands logo, Monkey3 were just an otherworldly force. With Boris’ haunting vocals drawing the crowd in before the band let loose with some absolutely magnificent musicianship. ‘Birth of Venus’ and ‘Icarus’ were highlights from a set that was consistently challenging and confronting the audience, taking them on a journey similar to that of the pscyadelic boat ride from the Gene Wilder Willy Wonka film. The band’s material came across heavier live, adding an extra dimension to the material. After an encore and a few handshakes with the crowd, Monkey3 received a heroes farewell. Let’s hope it’s not another three years until they come back.