The Horn, St Albans, UK; 5th April, 2017
Weirds Vanquish in Verulam
The Horn in St Albans (Verulam is its old Roman name), Hertfordshire, is a well known staging post on the rather unkindly named Toilet Circuit: small and intimate (I didn’t say, “sweaty”) venues where emerging bands can showcase their talents. The Horn certainly met these criteria and it was here that I was treated to the Weirds’ unique brand of psych-sludge-grunge last Wednesday.
Bracketed between two other interesting acts, The Mighty Orchid King and headlining act, The Wytches, the Leeds-based quartet played a powerful set as part of their UK tour which showcases their debut album “Swarmculture” (released May 12 by Alcopop! records).
The band’s trademark style is sinewy bass riffs from Matthew Vaughan counterpointed by dark hypnotic guitar work from Zachary Thomas and overlaid ethereal synth tones by Aidan Razzall who also provided spirited vocals.
At the back, the rangy David Nash drove the ensemble hard but with sensitivity when required. Frontman, Aidan Razzall, deserves a special commendation for theatrics on Roland keyboards and his audience-surfing antics and singing.
Overall this was an very entertaining high energy performance from a hungry and ambitious band. If doom-psych rock is your thing please go and seem them. Better still buy their album -you won’t be disappointed.