Much anticipation for this post punk band from Mossley ( 2015 ) tonight, for our part, we had never seen them live before, or the support, Ventrelles from Manchester.
Cabbage are best known for a wild live show with elements of Clash and The Fall in their sound. Ventrelles cite an eclectic list of bands they listen to and are possibly an influence in their sound, Echo and Bunnymen, Chameleons, Doves, Pale Fountains.
Ventrelles seemed to have a relaxed approach to playing, laid back but with an intense energy that held the attention. Watched the video of last years release County Lines ( filmed in Heaton Park by the looks ) and could definitely hear Doves and Chameleons influences in there. Would definitely watch these guys again.
The crowd were very appreciative.
House totally packed for Cabbage arriving on stage, crowd very excited indeed, and mixed ages ( we definitely weren’t the oldest in the room for a change ) all made for a good vibe.
The band arrived on stage and from our vantage point at the upstairs bar, we saw the front 3rd of the room up to the stage go absolutely wild from the first chords of guitar, bouncing and swaying with no signs of let up during every song. This was an incredibly energetic ( bonkers? ) show, 4 guitarists and 1 drummer, and 2 of them taking turns to sing lead, with a massive sound that was added to by most of the audience singing energetically along.
Definitely sounds of Clash and Fall in there and we realised bands such as Blinders and Fat White Family ( who we love ) are a very similar experience live.
Cabbage have 4 more dates on this ( rescheduled ) tour, 16th - 18th December at Birmingham, Glasgow, Sunderland and Nottingham. Get along and see them if you can before the year is out.
Many thanks to Gorilla as always for a great experience, door and bar staff always super.
Christine Ince for Canal St Media
Published: 13-Dec-2021 (6460)