It’s common knowledge that in-store shows have a rowdy reputation, so when the epitomes of insane, Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, announced a short set at the renowned Rough Trade record shop, it would’ve been crazy to consider not buying a ticket.
The night comprised of a short set, alongside a meet and greet, valid only with the boys’ vinyl, Modern Ruin, on pre-order. This meant Rough Trade was filled to the brim with the most loyal of fans, eagerly awaiting an electric set.
Unsurprisingly, the first few seconds send the crowd into meltdown. Opening with 'Trouble' signified their undeniable angst from the off, with the die-hards opening the first mosh of the night. Shows like this are known for a much more personal and intimate atmosphere, and that’s exactly where Frank’s personality shone through; In typical Carter style, he stood on the bar for most of the set. He preached his thanks, alongside informing us of his day, his family, as well as topics he’s clearly passionate about, including women’s rights and equality.
New single 'Vampire' showed us exactly which direction the album had gone down; not necessarily as heavy as we’d been exposed to in Blossom, but the cleanest of vocals, paired with his familiar raw edge making up for it.
Fan favourite 'Juggernaut' kicks off, and naturally, Frank ends up crowdsurfing, before being held upside down and walking on the ceiling; I’d be lying if I said I was shocked. This wild theme continued through the rest of the set, with yet another favourite 'Wild Flowers' stimulating a room-wide circle pit. Penultimate hit 'Devil Inside Me' restarted the mosh, with bar staff joining in on the pits.
Ending with 'I Hate You' was the perfect ending to this night, with Frank dedicating the vulgar hit to the one we all hate the most, Donald Trump. Sing along galore meant the gig ended on a high. Props to the band, who manage to effortlessly keep it together, despite Frank quite literally tearing the place apart. A solid performance from a group of guys who will be around for quite some time to come.
Photos by: Ryan Winstanley