To celebrate the release of their debut EP ‘Always The Same’, Proletariat played to a very sweaty sold out crowd at their headline gig at Jimmy’s in Manchester last Friday night, in association with This Feeling. The venue to be for the North West’s best rising talent, we’re sure that Proletariat are going to make a huge mark on 2017!
First up was Shadow Palace; the Oldham based quartet played a brilliant set. Opening up with the incredible ‘Lowe’, followed by some old and new tracks such as ‘Incompetant’, ‘Tribe’, ‘Stormy’, closing with the insanely good debut single ‘Speak My Mind’. A track that brings out such originality from the lads, with fuzzy vocals, heavy riffs and engrossing percussion. Having supported the likes of Fliiis, Wuzi and Cupids to name a few, and having just been announced for Cotton Clouds debut festival; this is a band set for big things this year!
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Next up, Arcades. The indie five piece from Leicester certainly made their first ever Manchester gig one to remember. Having played their first gig of the year last month at Handmade festival, and currently on their UK tour, these boys are in for the ride of their lives. The lucky fans at Jimmy’s managed to get a sneak preview of the upcoming single ‘Phantom’, the track brings a fresh sound to the indie genre, although not too dissimilar from Liverpool’s Circa Waves in terms of vocals, their own vision is evidently clear in the music. Filled to the brim with punchy riffs that you’ll be hooked on for days, exquisite vocals, plus frontman Tommy Cobley’s magnificent dance moves. Arcades are without doubt ones to watch out for over the next few months.
Jimmy’s basement was packed out by the time Proletariat walked on stage, perhaps a sign of what’s to come for the quartet. Opening with the brilliant ‘Always The Same’, the Mossley based band played their EP in full, as well as two brand new tracks ‘Nervous Energy’ and ‘Kiss of Death’ which featured one of the best guitar solos I’ve heard in a long time! As well an Iggy Pop cover, back by popular demand! The biggest moment of the night came with thanks to the debut single ‘Mr. Brown’; addictive punk riffs, rasping vocals, captivating lyrics and a vibe that got the crowd going absolutely crazy – creating an extremely sweaty night for everyone involved!
‘Always The Same’ brings back a little piece of 70’s punk, something that is dearly missed by many and something that a lot of bands are trying to bring back into the mainstream. Creeper being one of the most recent, who have managed to get right at the forefront of bringing punk back… if it ever went away that is. With an EP full of raw Northern originality, Proletariat are set to do the same! The most popular song seeming to be the title track ‘Always The Same’; opening with a fantastic drum solo, something we don’t get anywhere near enough of with other bands, followed by another great guitar solo with infectious riffs, pure gritty vocals and an awesome bass line. It’s no surprise as to why the crowd reacted so brilliantly to it.
You can’t help but have massive amounts of respect for the band for how great of an atmosphere they manage to create! The lads ooze confidence, and in some ways that leads us to let our imaginations wander to what their live set will be like in a much bigger venue that suits their huge sound.
Proletariat are having a great year so far, having played numerous shows with This Feeling, as well as supporting the likes of Trampolene, King Kartel and Peur to name a few. They’ve also been announced to play various festivals this summer including Liverpool Sound City, and the brand new Cotton Clouds. You can trust us, you do not want to miss out on their sets this summer!