In case you hadn’t noticed, The Venue has been killing it recently. After scoring a major coup by hosting indie darlings Wolf Alice last week, it welcomed punk rockers Gnarwolves through its doors on Wednesday evening (23 August 2017).
Fresh off the release of their new album ‘Outsiders’, Gnarwolves stopped by Derby for a one-off warm up show ahead of their appearance at this weekend’s Reading & Leeds festivals.
The Brighton-based three piece are well known on the UK gig circuit and have supported some of the biggest names in punk-rock including Blink 182 and The Story So Far.
It’s no surprise then that this intimate gig was met with great enthusiasm by a Derby crowd well known for its appreciation of music with a harder edge.
Within seconds of launching into set opener ‘Straitjacket’, the floor in front of the stage was swallowed up by a sweaty mosh pit, much to the appreciation of Gnarwolves’ frontman Thom Weeks.
What Weeks may lack in physical stature, he certainly makes up for in sheer stage presence. He grabs the gig by the balls, commanding attention as he leads his bandmates Charlie Piper and Max Weeks as well as the crowd through a string of songs for the band’s latest album.
Newer songs such as ‘Car Crash Cinema’ and ‘Wires’ are met with a rapturous reception alongside old favourites. The biggest mosh pit, and plenty of stage diving, is reserved for when the band play their biggest hit ‘Bottle to Bottle’.
Clearly enthused by the reaction from the crowd, Thom Weeks slowed things down towards the end of the set. He explained how he could relate to living in a smaller town that bigger acts didn’t tend to visit.
It’s something most Derby music fans will be all too familiar with. Given the recent success of 2Q festival and consistently exciting bookings at The Venue over the past few months, it’s something they won’t have to live with much longer!
If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Reading and Leeds you’ll be able to catch Gnarwolves on the Lock Up Stage along with the likes of Sløtface, who will also be playing The Venue this coming October.
You can head over here to check out The Venue’s future gig listings.