Live Review: Turbowolf w/Future Lives And Vodun | Moles Club, Bath | 27/10/17

After two years of relative silence, Turbowolf have announced an album, and headed out on tour. So we thought you would head down Bath’s own Moles Club to catch some brilliant bands play some much-anticipated new music.

First to take to the tiny stage was Future Lives (6.5/10), the solo project of Ross Smithwick of Lonely the Brave. Calling to the crowd from upstairs, Smithwick and his band played ambient rock with heartfelt lyrics. With atmospheric keys and feedback, it’s clear to see that Future Lives know exactly what they’re doing and how to play a live show. Passionate and absorbed in the music, Future Lives captured the attention of many in the room, and we can’t wait to hear more from them.

All the way from London, Vodun (9/10) brought with them masses of energy, huge riffs, and stunning vocals that heavily contrast with their thrash metal sound. With their tribal drums, warpaint and West African influences, Vodun played a particularly theatrical set; frontwoman Chantal Brown could almost be described as an embodiment of the music they play. She allows herself to be in the moment and encourages everyone watching to enjoy the music. Playing most songs from their 2016 debut album Possession, including ‘Loa’s Kingdom’, and ‘Mawu’, the trio had the growing audience spellbound. It was impossible to resist Vodun’s music, and within minutes, they had the whole room dancing. By the end of their spectacular set, Chantal Brown had people punctuating playing their music with them. They were the obvious choice to support Turbowolf with their chaotic and enchanting stage presence; they left the stage with a room full of new fans.

It’s been ten years since Turbowolf [9/5] last played at Moles, and two since they played locally, and this intimate show was filled with anticipation and nostalgia. If you’ve yet to get to one of their gigs, you’re missing out on their indescribable mix of psychedelic rock with huge bass and crunchy guitars.

They took to the stage with shouts of “new song!”, and there wasn’t a still body in the room. Frontman Chris Georgiadis has a way of captivating an audience and their sound commands you to have fun dancing and bopping along. They played both old material and new, including ‘Rabbit’s Foot’, ‘American Mirrors’, and ‘A Rose for the Crows’. New songs ‘Domino’ and ‘Very Bad’ were met with great enthusiasm. Chantal of Vodun joined Turbowolf on stage with her powerful vocals for ‘The Free Life’, their latest single which is six minutes of pure mayhem.

It takes a lot for a band to play a live show with this much energy, passion, and pure enjoyment, but Turbowolf seem to do it effortlessly; each song was played perfectly, their on-stage presence making them appear larger than life, and their new music marking progression and passion unlike any we’ve seen. This Bristol band definitely knows their audience and how to entertain. Chaotic shows like this are hard to come by, and we have hopes that there will be many more in early 2018, when they release their third album, The Free Life.


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