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Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

The Rescue Rooms Nottingham 25.11.15

Still knackered from HRH, I thought what better way to celebrate the weekend, than to go to another gig! Not complaining though, as this was promised to be a great show. I usually avoid the Rescue Rooms as the lighting is generally poor, but on this occasion, I made an exception and I’m glad I did as the venue have recruited a new sound and lighting engineer, Phil from the Intake in Mansfield, no less!

Supporting Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats tonight, were the Swedish band, Spiders, whom we had the pleasure of seeing perform at HRH8 last year. Thankfully, we didn’t have to conduct an interview on this occasion, as the last time we tried to have a chat, I fear there was a language barrier! Thankfully, the language of music is universal and easy to communicate and these guys and girl do it with some style!

Spiders - Band

Before Spiders took to the stage, I was stood around watching the room slowly, but surely fill up which was great to see, well done Nottingham – you didn’t let yourselves down tonight and I’m pleased to say, us Midlander’s get it! As time passed, I became ever aware of the type of music that was playing and started to feel as though I was in a bond film, which made me smile to myself, sad, but true.

At approximately 19.30, Spiders took to the stage and performed an out of their skins set! Until tonight though, I wasn’t actually aware of how multi talented the bands female vocalist, Ann-Sofie really is but she sure showed both myself and the rest of the Nottingham crowd tonight, as their set went on!

John Hoyles Ann-Sofie Hoyles and Ricard Harryson - Spiders

Not only does she have an exceptional voice (and look) she can also play the Harmonica, the guitar and the tambourine and other assorted shake-able instruments! The last two I could probably use, but I wouldn’t look half as good as she did tonight, all with a massive smile on her face!

Ann-Sofie Hoyles and Olle Griphammar - Spiders

As for the rest of the band, both the drummer and bass player looked less happy but then if I was wearing a sequinned shirt like they were, I’d feel pretty unhappy too! Generally though, both the bass player and the guitar player seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage.

Ricard Harryson - Spiders

Tonight’s set consisted of tracks from both their previous two albums, “Flash Point” and “Shake Electric” as well as a new track, off the new EP “Why Don’t You”. I thoroughly enjoyed the Spiders set tonight, as did the rest of the crowd present at the Rescue Rooms, so much so, at the end, the band left the stage to rapturous applause and they loved us too, they said so!


Our headlining band Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, are from Cambridgeshire, from a place aptly named Hell and they play Psycho music! Hypothetically speaking, if John Lennon and Geezer Butler had a lovechild, it wouldn’t be called Paranoid Pepper, oh no, Uncle Acid would be it’s name, and The Deabeats would be his mates, which is exactly what this band reminded me of – an amalgamation of both these legendary British bands! Mr. Uncle Acid also dedicated a track to John, and I assumed that he meant John Lennon, as his onstage persona also reminded me of the great man, himself – that is what I could just make out of him, through the smoke and the darkness! Black Sabbath obviously saw themselves in this band also, hence why they invited them along to support the band recently, which in my opinion, is a great honour indeed.

Yotam Rubinger - Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats

Sadly, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, virtually played their entire set in darkness, which made my job of photographing them that much harder and for me, does nothing to make the actual review of the band more visually interesting.

Between tracks, someone from the crowd shouted “You Guys Rule” and we agree, they do rule, as they produce some of the best guitar music around today! We love them, we hope you do too?

Certainly check out their new album “The Night Creeper” but our personal favourite is the album “Blood Lust” which got released in 2011! These guys now head off to Australia, so good luck with that and please play some UK summer festivals next year.

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats set list consisted of; 1. Waiting For Blood 2. Mind Crawler 3. Murder Nights 4. Deaths Door 5. Poison Apple 6. 13 Candles 7. Pusher Man 8. I’ll Cut You Down 9. Crystal Spiders 10. Inside 11. Vampire Circles 12. Melody Lane 13. Desert Ceremony 14. Withered Wand of Evil

Until next time music fans!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)