Wors & Photography by Kieran Webber
It was another wet and windy night for the ‘Fuzzy Head Tapes’ Launch the first of 5 EP’s to come from Falmouth based artist Luke Moss. Joining him for the ride was newly formed Baggs and the much talked about Hops.
Each band bought something exciting and different to the low ceilinged, intimate venue, with them mastering a different sound. It acted as a taster to just what Falmouth has to offer a music fan. Cornwall often gets a bad rep for having a poor live music scene (and although it has a way to go) gigs like this one are proof that there is a willing audience and some fantastic bands willing to perform.
Kicking things off was the ever enigmatic Hops, a band that blends a wide variety of sounds but focuses mainly around the math-rock genre. The first time I saw this band I wasn’t overly impressed but their set at fives was absolutely mind blowing. They’re a wall of sound that is unrelenting in energy, the vocals from front women Lilly Shickle are nothing short of enticing. Each member of the band bring their own unique element creating a mixing pot of sound that is inventive and infectious.
Following quickly was the recently formed Baggs an explosive barrage of grunge that was brainshakingly good. Although a young band they played as if they’d been doing so for years, they have an incredibly tight rhythm section. We will be watching this band with great anticipation as they are one of the most exhilarating live bands we have seen.
Closing the night off was the main man himself Luke Moss and his band of brigands. Luke Moss has been renowned for his honest and openness about his own mental health and this flows through his music. This is particularly present through track ‘Serotonin’ with self deprecating lyrics such as “I got a lot of things to say about myself, but happy isn’t one of them”, his music highlights that it is okay to not be okay. This openness creates a real connection with the audience live, it’s not us and him for his set we are one, with all our insecurities laid bare, even for but a moment. It’s also worth noting that his live performances are amped up way more than his recordings bringing an incredible level of zeal and energy. To finish the set Luke turns to the crowd and says “It’s okay to not be okay and I’m not going to stop talking about it, I’m not. Not until the stigma ends.” This is met with huge applause and through the smoke Luke disappears, leaving the crowd satisfied and (hopefully) more open minded than when they came in.
By Kieran Webber