LIVE: Suicoperro @ The Roadhouse, Manchester (09/09/2010)

Date: September 9th, 2010
Venue: The Roadhouse, Manchester
Support: The White Swallows, Hayabusa, The Deceived


With two albums of Biffy Clyro-esque alt rock with a third on its way, you’d think following a somewhat similar formula they’d achieve at least some ounce of exposure and success like their now chart bothering brethren. Alas this isn’t the case, and 8 years on from their formation its tours of small clubs and pubs for the Scottish three-piece Sucioperro.

But perhaps at this stage this is better for them, and who knows what album number three is gonna bring them in return. Relishing and enjoying the smaller venues is what they do, and at least they’ll know that pretty much everyone before them is a loyal and dedicated fan.

Opening support comes from the two-piece The White Swallows (**) who manage to create a pretty hard hitting sound for just a guitarist and drummer, but with just these two sounds alone it seems that the addition of bass or another instrument to thicken their sound out would reveal their true potential, and undoubtedly kick a bit more liveliness into their performances.

Japanese inspiration named Hayabusa (***) bring a few interesting sounds to the table, most notably from bassist Phil. From one minute churning out rigid and lean distortion to the next a funky popping funk sound, and shoving in keyboard/synth sounds for good measure, the bass output is enjoyable enough on its own. Instrumentally this band are far more insteresting than they put themselves vocally however, with frontman Bob at times being hard to hear properly.

The Deceived (**) manage to cover a few flaws made by both previous acts, but even then they don’t come across with enough passion or conviction in their set to be potrayed anymore interesting than the name of their band. Frontman Sam Netherwood puts some effort into it though, and guitarist Joe Netherwood manages to execute a guitar solo here and there with precision, but ultimately it doesn’t quite push them through into anywhere more interesting.

A lot more can be said however for main boys Sucioperro (****). Though the band have delivered much more energetic sets back from when they were a 4-piece, they’ve still got some element of spark in them to keep all eyes on them. A set consisting of songs like ‘Don’t Change (What You Can’t Understand)’ and some upcoming newbies from the new record helps to keep interest going along with frontman JP Reid even diving into the front rows during one of his solos. Even those not a fan of the band or their music are at least drawn to the passing of free Jägermeister from the bottle.

Truth is, there’s so many bands like Sucioperro who deserve more than they’re already getting. They may eventually get there in time, but until then it’s best to enjoy them in their smaller settings whilst you still can.

Written by Zach Redrup