IO + Codex Leicester + Alright The Captain, The Bulls Head, Birmingham 15/11/12

Alright The Captain
Thursday is the new Friday. At least I tell myself that when I venture out into a cold winters night. No need to worry as tonight the line up at the Bulls Head is enough to warm even the coldest of hearts with a short sharp blast of music, heavy loud music. First up were Alright the Captain, an interesting instrumental band that seemed determined to experiment with a mesmerising array of sounds. Watching the guitarist change pedal was almost as entertaining as the music. The change of pitch and pace of tracks led to some great moments in the set.
Codex Leicester
Next on the bill was Leicester’s Codex Leicester. See what they did there? The band produced a sound pretty far from Davinci’s writings of the same name. A punk/metal cross with an interbreed of classic rock, when it comes to noise these lads certainly didn’t mess about. A quality set was matched by some shameless plugs of IO’s new T-shirt which I have to say was some nice attire.
Having heard a fair amount of good things about IO, I was looking forward to this and they did not disappoint. IO went straight for the jugular, with a relentless onslaught on the eardrums which never let up throughout the set. The early tunes were mainly being made up of instrumental tracks; with the odd scream from vocalist Al Lawson these were impressively constructed. Despite the volume and the nature of IO the music seems to be easy on the ear and flows nicely between song sections.
IO
IO have a well honed live sound; obviously well practiced the set was tight-knit as they moved into songs with more of a vocal element. Again Al Lawson’s vocals were impressive, very engaging and acquiesced nicely with the bands quality musicianship. Highlight was new single ‘The Lost Cosmonaught’ taken from the new album Our Disintegrating Museum. This reminded me of the heavier end of 90’s music and the intro wouldn’t go a miss on a horror movie soundtrack.
So this was B-towns very own IO, if your like your music heavier set, you should check them out without delay. Definitely a sound track to breath life into this winter. Have a listen and warm your cockles.
Photographs by Jonathan Morgan.

Dave Holyhead

Huge fan of real music both old and new. Favourites include, Led Zep, Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Courtneeners, Kasabian and anything inbetween that can bring joy to my ears.
You may also like...

Dave Holyhead

Huge fan of real music both old and new. Favourites include, Led Zep, Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Courtneeners, Kasabian and anything inbetween that can bring joy to my ears.

We think you'll like...