The Mancunian saviours of rock n roll, Manchester Guns Of Navarone, the mighty Hey Bulldog are booming. Saturday night saw them smash up Jimmy’s, notching up their first ever sold out headline show; coming off the back of radio exposure for their brand new single, ‘Death & Greed’, available on limited edition vinyl.
Cementing their status as a power trio for the psych age, this is attack dog rock that goes for the jugular. They are unleashed and taut, not an inch of fat on this beast.
They respond to the sell out crowd with a huge performance. Heads are down and tails are up. No one gets out of here alive, boys. Leading the onslaught, ‘Death & Greed’ comes at you first. ‘California’ kills you with it’s rat run bass and S. McQueen on the hills of San Fran cool.
More subtler shades come with ‘No Future’ in which their New Order-meets-power-ballads dream display starts with it’s rarely spotted ‘Part 1’ intro then kicking into it’s shimmering extended run of guitar showdowns.
‘Al Lupo’; the teetering see-saw of furious fuzz rock becomes even more coagulated and rampant.
Best of all though is the best ever ‘Divide & Conquer’ which transmits such transformative juice it whips up a mosh crowd down front, pummelling them with sexy hammer blows.
The band are living it. Rob M, the Cuban heeled swagger jet himself, plays his guitar like Bowie and Thunders, swiping and swooping as he shoots vicious needles of noise.
Imagine a man sized octopus, enmeshed forcibly into a drum machine. Imagine then that the octopus loves this oily life of rhythm. This beat arithmetic. This is Ben Howarth-Less, ultimate man machine. William Gibson’s wet dream.
Matt Parry on bass throws down like a man strangling a grizzly bear to death with a King Cobra. His bass lines run, fight, collide and careen. When he and Rob lock down they are like what you imagine The MC5 were, but probably weren’t.
This is the night Hey Bulldog have been waiting for. This rock n roll animal is ready for the big time.