Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17

Trampolene / Ravellas / We Three Kings

Jimmy's, Manchester, UK

9th November 2017

Rating: 4.5/5




Trampolene Jimmys Intro Nov 17Tonight 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.

Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17 We Three KingsFirst 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.

Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17 RevellasNext 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.
Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17 1But 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.
Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17 2Trampolene 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, Trampolene 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. 
Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17 3A 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. 
Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17 4Live 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
Trampolene‘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
This Feeling‘s website is located here

Trampolene Announced As Support for Liam Gallagher

Trampolene Promo Aug 17Trampolene have been announced as special guests with Liam Gallagher on five sold-out arena shows in December, In the run up to the arena dates Trampolene will be playing headline shows as well as dates with The Libertines and Cabbage. The band have also made the track Artwork Of Youth, that is taken from their debut album Swansea To Hornsey, available now when you pre-order the album ahead of it’s release date on 27th October.

You can pre-order Swansea To Hornsey via Pledge Music here and via iTunes here

You can view Trampolene‘s tour dates below Read More…

Proletariat Jimmys May 17

Proletariat (UK) / Arcades / Shadow Palace

Jimmy's, Manchester, UK

5th May 2017

Rating: 4.5/5




Proleriat Jimmys May 17 1This Feeling is developing a well earned reputation for running some of the UK’s best rock ‘n roll nights and promoting the best upcoming bands, and tonight the party has come to one of Manchester’s latest venues. Jimmy’s is tucked away on the edge of the Northern Quarter and tonight promises to be something special as Manchester’s Proletariat are launching their debut EP, Always The Same, with a sold out show at this intimate venue with support from Shadow Palace and Arcades. An eclectic mix of tunes precedes the first act, everything from ’77 punkers to psych and proto punk classics is played in the steadily filling basement of Jimmy’s to warm the crowd up nicely.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 2 Shadow PalaceFirst up are local act Shadow Palace, they channel a distinctly mancunian take on a garage and indie influenced set that eases us into the evening, this is a band that couldn’t have come from any other city, their mancunian swagger is an ever present in their hedonistic mix of influences. Elements of their set hint at a darker element in their DNA before they end their brief opening set with an upbeat indie fuelled number that is followed by their new single, Speak My Mind, that returns to their psyche influences and boasts an anthemic chorus. By the end of their set Jimmy’s is approaching capacity, the temperature is rising and it’s a struggle to get to the bar.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 3 ArcadesBy the end of shadow Palace‘s set whatever I’m drinking is being sweated straight back out again, Leicester’s Arcades are up next and are making their debut appearances in Manchester, their home turf is another part of the UK that seems to have a production line for talented young bands. Arcades sound like their origins lie somewhere between early Rolling Stones and Smashing Pumpkins and this impressive quintet deliver an impeccable set that straddles every genre since the mid sixties and its delivered with confidence and an effortless swagger and indie bounce, coupled with a touch of rock n roll excess, and I’m left wanting to hear more by Arcades, hopefully it won’t be too long before they return.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 4Jimmy’s continues to fill up, word has clearly spread about Manchester’s Proletariat in their brief existence, as Jimmy’s is packed to capacity tonight and Proletariat kick things up a gear with their mancunian influenced punk rock. From the first chords you can see why the venue is stuffed to the gills, as good as they were a few months ago when I first encountered them they now seem sharper and more focused than the fledgling show I caught them at. There’s an obvious comparison to The Fall in the vocal delivery, but that doesn’t mean to say they are in anyway a copy of that esteemed band, but they are coming at things from a similar direction with the dirty garage riffs effortlessly combined with a punk attitude.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 5The twisted riffs and the mancunian bark of the vocals are backed by a pounding razor sharp rhythm section that keeps the set hammering along at full tilt. Two new songs are debuted tonight that indicates that despite their debut release coming out today they aren’t going to rest on their laurels, the first, Kiss Of Death, sounds heavier and carries more menace than their early material whilst Nervous Energy edges towards a twisted incarnation of alt rock. Delirium from their early days sounds reborn and by popular demand they revisit The Stooges classic I Wanna Be You Dog, whilst often covered this was as good a version as you’re likely to hear outside of an Iggy Pop show.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 7The Proletariat‘s set is sadly cut short due to time limits, upon getting the indication that they have one song left they ease into their version of Bang Bang before they finish in style as they segue the twisted version of the sixties classic into Mr Brown, the lead single from their new EP, which brings things to a suitably frantic end. On the strength of tonight’s show Manchester’s Proletariat are heading places, as judging by the crowds reaction, and the strength of the new material on display, Manchester may have just have found its very own saviours for the next generation of punk rock.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 6Proletariat‘s Facebook page can be found here

The Always The Same EP can be streamed via Spotify here

Arcades Facebook presence is located here

Shadow Palace‘s Facebook page can be found here

Jimmy’s website can be found here

This Feeling‘s website is here

Photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here,

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images