Tonight’s show at the Phoenix is presented by Exeter’s very own Mike James, and is an epic chance to see Nottingham’s Evil Scarecrow. But before we go nuts scuttling around like crabs (all will become clear) We kick off with Plymouth’s Embers of Eden who were the winners of last year’s Richer Unsigned Competition, which proves that this four piece have plenty to offer and have the potential to become a well-known band. Singer Alex Dumbiotis is confident and has some strong vocals to sing over her counter parts, which pull together some catchy tunes. The crunching guitars from Oli White, slap bass of Matt Avery and drummer Chris Harding all form a solid tight band. Their EP “Call to Arms” has some great songs including “Decay” and “Revolution (Call to Arms)” that go down well with the crowd.
Next up, Demons of Old Metal come onto the stage with an already happy crowd, who are dying to jump around and shout along. They wear a mixture of outfits and masks, which in the current music scene is very overdone and can sometimes not be done right. Demons of Old Metal are a mixture of the previous statement, there are moments of genius in chatty songs like “Dance of the Damned” and “Murdercycle”. However some of it is generic and cheesy at times. The crowd loves it and enjoys the set which is the most important thing. It’s just not my thing.
After their performance I could see why, it was phenomenal!
The last time I saw Evil Scarecrow it was that fateful Saturday morning at Bloodstock last summer, never have I seen such a crowd for the first band of the day. After their performance I could see why, it was phenomenal! Back to this evening, where the crowd isn’t massive but everyone is excited to welcome them to their first show in Exeter. A quite pregnant Princess Luxury leads the proceedings for the evening playing the keyboards, then her comrades to join her on stage. The first songs “Rise” and “War” and “Seek” go down well with everyone, their songs are so memorable that you can’t help joining in on the fun. Dr Rabid Hell’s showmanship is very strong, he loves talking to the crowd and having fun with them. His confidence on the stage is reflected in the rest of the band, who gel very well together. Their metal version of 80s classic cartoon theme “Thundercats” is a fantastic cover, that instantly takes you back to you childhood. The fun continues when we are all invited to draw our own perfect square in motion for “Robotatron” which Dr Rabid insists everyone joins in. It is a sight that words cannot express! (go checkout there Bloodstock performance on YouTube) When “Space Dementia” starts the whole band dance around the stage like they are in thunderbirds, taking inspiration from the music video to this song. Drummer Monty Blitzfist is solid and his march around the crowd with a tom drum shows that any band member can jump into the crowd and have fun. This in turn leads the way for the other band members’ Kraven Morrdeth who walks through the crowd playing his guitar and lastly Brother Pain who just wants to go crowd surfing. The evening continues with more crowd participation with us all invited to waltz to “Dance of the Cyclops” with the best pair winning a copy of their new DVD.
Lastly the evenings excitement is toned down with the mighty “Blackened the Everything” a favourite of mine, which then leads us to the encore. This was of course “Crabulon”, which is all about the love between a robot and a crustacean. Everyone has their crab hands ready and we begin, singing and scuttling across the floor. Joined as always by their very own Crabulon, who we are told is their manger dressed up. This self-signed band do everything themselves (puppets, party poppers etc.) and it is a credit to them the effort that goes into their performances and how much they praise their crowds. It shows no matter how big the crowd! If everyone is joining in it is always a good night. Already looking forward to when they come back for round 2!