She Drew The Gun – Manchester Academy 30/10/19
Following a sell out show at the Deaf Institute, She Drew the Gun made their return to Manchester this week and their timing really couldn’t be any better! In a week that saw Parliament confirm that we are heading to the poles in December, and the horrific news of the 39 lost souls found dead in the truck in Essex, the songs of Louisa Roach, Jack Turner, Jenni Kickheffer and Sian Monaghan couldn’t be any more vital to these troubled times.
The band arrived on stage to thunderous ovation thanks to the near capacity audience at the Academy this evening and smashed through a 90 minute set that included Something for the Pain (a true banger by the way), Revolution Of Mind and latest single, the Frank Zappa infused Trouble Everyday. It’s a passionate heartfelt performance with strong messages about inequality and immigration delivered, not just in song, but through a series of unique images projected at the back of the band.
In addition to these thought provoking critiques of our fractured world, there are personal songs about about relationships and getting ‘wankered’. Having seen the band before, I half knew what to expect, but what struck me this time around was how you really can’t pigeonhole the band, indie, rock n roll, electronica, and rap all feature in the set, with no two tracks sounding the same.
The band finish with a cover of The Beloved’s Sweet Harmony, solidifying a message of tolerance and understanding basically not taking any more shit. It’s great to see a band with social conscience having a sense of humour about things; mixing the light and dark is no easy task but SDTG, manage to do just that. It’s great to see a band sticking up for the voiceless, helped on by a swagger and some great songs.
She Drew The Gun are currently on a nationwide tour, and are well worth catching, pallet cleanser for the soul!
She Drew The Gun tickets available at: https://www.shedrewthegun.com/