Live Review: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes @ The Borderline

Marking the release of their soon to chart debut album ‘Blossom’, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes crashed through London’s The Borderline last night like a truck. Frank Carter’s intimate return to stage was nothing less than explosive, received by the crowd with ferocious applause.

UPDATE – The band recently released live footage from the show. Check it out below.

 

Preceded by two knock-out support acts, hardcore newcomer Polt Her Geist and horror punks Creeper, the crowd was primed and ready to ignite. The moment the band took to the stage it went off, and they were met with almost biblical admiration – not surprising considering enigmatic frontman Frank’s reputation as one of the scene’s greatest performers.

Frank Carter in the crowd
Frank Carter in the crowd

Wasting no time, The Rattlesnakes set to smashing through their debut, stopping occasionally to allow people to pick up fallen belongings, ranging from their phone or glasses to their body. Throughout, Frank Carter commanded the crowd and room with an unbreakable glare and a voice that could plow through re-enforced concrete.

But there’s no I in team and The Rattlesnakes proved to be an unshakeable unit, even as the guitarist found himself stranded in the centre of the room on the shoulders of dozens of fans- “he hasn’t thought this through” Frank calls – the band never misses a beat.

Standing on the shoulders of giants
Standing on the shoulders of giants

Previously, Frank Carter has referred to The Rattlesnkes as the heaviest band he’s ever been in and based on the show, that’s unquestionably true. But that wasn’t the beginning and end of it. When the band reigned it in and brought the pace back, they similarly proved the ability to deliver the most heartfelt sounds. With Frank stood in the centre of the crowd, who parted like a sweaty sea, and the band eased into a cleaned up version of ‘Loss’ (which can be heard at the end of Primary Explosive below) they had more than a few members of the audience welling up.

With their hearts poured out, The rattlesnakes sailed back into their ferocious natural state taking the crowd with them at full speed, culminating in closing track ‘I Hate You’, which had every voice in the room defiantly singing out loud.

A line that probably sums up the night best is a call frequently heard scream out from around the room. Echoing the famous Punisher paperback, between each song, you could hear echoes of ‘welcome back, Frank’ from each corner of the venue. It was definitely a memorable return and hopefully there’ll be many more.

If you haven’t already, make sure you pick up their new album ‘Blossom’, available on CD, vinyl and digitally here. Obviously it’s available to stream too, but don’t be a cheap bastard and go and pick up a copy.

On their site you’ll also find full details of their upcoming tour.

UK TOUR

AUG 28 LEEDS FESTIVAL
SEP 27 UNDERGROUND FESTIVAL, GLOUCESTER
OCT 17 PATTERNS, BRIGHTON
OCT 18 VANS WARPED TOUR UK, LONDON
OCT 20 RAINBOW COURTYARD, BIRMINGHAM
OCT 21 THE LEADMILL, SHEFFIELD
OCT 22 THE CLUNY, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
OCT 23 THE CATHOUSE, GLASGOW
OCT 24 STAR & GARTER, MANCHESTER
OCT 26 STAR & GARTER, MANCHESTER
OCT 27 THE OWL SANCTUARY, NORWICH
OCT 28 CLWB IFOR BACH, CARDIFF

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