Jimmy's, Manchester, UK
9th November 2017
Tonight Trampolene are playing Jimmy’s as they head towards the end of their brief UK tour in support of their stunning debut album, From Swansea To Hornsey, before they head out on arena shows next month supporting Liam Gallagher on his UK tour, and The Libertines in the faded grandeur of the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool. The combination of the critical acclaim that From Swansea To Hornsey has received, and the exposure that the forthcoming stadium shows will generate may well mean that this is the last time we’ll see Trampolene playing intimate venues like Jimmy’s, so of course The Punk Site is here to mark the occasion. Tonight Trampolene are playing a This Feeling show, something that always guarantees a good showcase of talent, that tonight includes local acts We Three Kings and Ravellas, and that the party will go on long after the bands have left the stage.
First up tonight at Jimmy’s are local act We Three Kings who unleash a distorted and energised set of heavy blues influenced garage rock. From their opening track, Momma Said, they carry the proto punk vibe of the bands that emerged from the sixties leaner and heavier and who paved the way for the punk explosion that was to follow just a few years later. We Three Kings lay down an impressive opening set of fuzzed up heavy garage rock that for me bridges the sonic gap between the MC5 and the Queens Of The Stone Age, and it’s one that steadily and deservedly draws the crowd down into the basement at Jimmy’s.
Next up is Ravellas
, the Wigan based outfit bring a sleazy rock ‘n roll influenced indie vibe to the evening that carries the spirit of The Libertines
, something that means they are a well chosen support act for tonight’s show, and they deliver an anthemic and attitude laden set that recalls a provincial Mancunian interpretation of the early days of The Arctic Monkeys,
along with the often forgotten Little Man Tate
. They’ve bought a solid local following with them that hasn’t just contributed to the tonight’s show being completely sold out, it’s added a heady and hedonistic element to the atmosphere that is building ahead of the headlining set by Trampolene
But the reason almost everyone is here is for the return of Trampolene
to Manchester, I caught them last year and they certainly made an impression on me and now with their freshly released debut full length under their belts, and with major support slots next month, the world would seem to be at their feet. Their appearance is preceded by the spoken word piece Artwork Of Youth
and as it’s playing Trampolene
make their way through the packed venue to the stage. Jack Jones,
for reasons best known to himself, is clad in a hi vis jacket and they kick off into a frantic and chaotic set that sets the tone for an impressive headlining set from Wales’ brightest hope that leans heavily on their freshly released album.
deliver a perfect set of their shambolic punk rock, for me tracks like Alcohol Kiss
were born to be played live where they’re stripped down to the trios punk roots, this track gets an impromptu singalong from the delirious crowd packed into Jimmy’s
that lasts way beyond the song, and as a result it’s never sounded better. The first time I encountered Trampolene
I got the feeling that this was a band that as well as escaping their past, was heading to greater things and tonight’s show at Jimmy’s
only enforces that opinion as they’re a captivating live act for all the right reasons. From their chaotic punk rock to the kitchen sink poetry that punctuates their set, including their ode to Ketamine
are a band unlike anyone on the live scene at the moment. Their set is punctuated midway by an impromptu happy birthday to one of their diehard fans, and by calls for prescription and non prescription drugs from the band and the hi vis jacket is finally discarded in the face of furnace like temperatures.
A further call for what to play next is met with numerous suggestions to which Jack Jones responds ‘now I’m going to fuck you all off with one of my own songs’ and they launch into The Gangway
before closing with Storm In Heaven
, their long time live favourite that finally got its studio release on their debut full length, and there’s no way any other track would have been appropriate to close tonight’s show. By the end of the set Jack Jones
is hanging from the venues exposed pipework and a stage invasion has taken place, as much as is possible in the confines of Jimmy’s
, which ensures a chaotic end to Trampolene
’s set, and if you weren’t here you missed out. Trampolene
embrace the chaos that accompanied the best punk bands and there’s a self deprecating humour that’s present throughout their set that is strangely endearing, quite why Jack Jones
chose to play this tour of intimate and inevitably sweaty clubs wearing an insulated hi vis jacket is anyone’s guess, but this has been a theme for the tour and if something isn’t broken then there’s no reason to fix it.
Live photography is by Dean Unsworth
, his Instagram
account is located here
, and you can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images
‘s website can be found here
The Punk Site
review of From Swansea To Hornsey
can be read here
The Ravellas Facebook
page is here
We Three Kings
website can be found here
‘s website is located here