LIVE: SABOTAGE XMAS @ Jimmy’s

WORDS BY JODIE BROOKSBANK     PHOTOS BY CONNOR WHELAN

Beers were flowing, Christmas hats were being worn and good times were had. The crowd was engaged and excited, there was a general feel, as there always is in December, that everyone was in the party spirit – it is the most wonderful time of the year after all.

Cave Girl is first on, bringing their psychedelic, indie-glam vibes to Jimmy’s. Swirling, all-encompassing guitar riffs coupled with prominent drums and cool snarling vocals. Their debut self-titled single is out now and is well worth a listen. They’ve nailed their sound, it’s familiar enough to be immediately on board with and fresh enough to feel new.

Spilt were next up, Runcorn grunge/psychedelia fusion, they’ve recently supported MCR Live favourite, Halifax band, The Orielles. They’ve also played with iconic LA surf rock four-piece, FIDLAR. Singer Mo brings raw onstage energy and an impressive presence. With heavy, dirty guitar riffs, they’ve established themselves as an exciting new band. They’ve already released their scuzzy singles onto their SoundCloud and live, they were truly captivating.

Headliners, Good Foxy appears to have taken influence from the halcyon rock of the ’70s with obvious and welcomed nods to The Doors and Led Zeppelin. Hailing from Clitheroe, they brought big retro guitar riffs to the northern quarter. Atmospheric and almost dreamy, their set feels kind of like being on an acid trip, in the best way possible. They’re a little bit bluesy, a little bit psychedelic and a lot of fun. Their 2015 self-titled album is in desperate need of a follow-up and we’re beyond excited to see what they do next.

The night was a rousing and apt send-off for Sabotage’s last gig of the year. Their next gig will be in February at The Castle Hotel with Deja Vega, Psyence and Deh – Yey. See you in the queue.

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