“A Bolt of Lightning” : Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (Paris, Dec 2015)

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Paris 2015 © Mariam B. // www.plugin-mag.com
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Paris 2015 © Mariam B. // www.plugin-mag.com

Sometimes it just feels like everything Frank  Carter gets involved with turns gold.
Whether it was with Gallows, Pure Love (who could have been my new favorite band by now -as he loved to describe it- if only it survived) or now, as Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, there’s something about his music that is genuinely addictive. 

Frank Carter dropped with his Rattlesnakes one beast of an album this year, called ‘Blossom’, right after an already promising EP ‘Rotten’. While he was in the midst of many changes in his life, we could have imagined this project was bringing something even more different from Pure Love, but Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes actually brings back the singer to his hardcore-punk roots.  The thing about Carter is that we don’t really know how long his great things will last, so we immediately needed to take advantage of this tour he announced with the legendary The Bronx to go check it out. We did not really care if we were dead tired on that day, nor if we were supposed to go to work the next day or…well.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Paris 2015 © Mariam B. // www.plugin-mag.com
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Paris 2015 © Mariam B. // www.plugin-mag.com

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have something raw and wild in their music, which transfers without any doubt in their performances. Or is it their wild performances that they manage to put on record? Either way, song contents are vicious and raging, yet hold something melodic. And this is slightly palpable in the performance itself, sometimes frenzied (Fangs!), others gently touching (just listen to Beautiful Death.)
Accompanied by a band of incredibly skilled musicians (including Dean Richardson of (ex)Heights, Frank Carter will do everything possible to awaken a shy crowd, even running – literally – all over the venue, not hesitating a second to shove the static people. Now it seems that many of the audience members had been burying some hatred deep inside of them, because the show reached a momentum when Carter started singing “I hate you and I wish you’ll die”, but hey, we’re not judging.
The singer also enjoys telling stories and will joyfully chat between the songs, sometimes joking about his recent fatherhood, others speaking about more serious subjects, such as recent politics (insert here a lovely mention to David Cameron) or the tragic events that hit Paris few weeks earlier. Speaking of which, Carter stated being sincerely humbled people did attend the show no matter how was happening in this world and that they’ll be soon returning to play a full tour of their own in February. 

Songs such as Juggernaut, Devil Inside Me, Rotten Blossom and I Hate You were performed, and we will definitely be there in February for (headliner) take two, somewhere in Europe. 

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Mary
I have a tendency to seek for new sounds and humbly contribute to its living. I'm a dreamer, I live for today and take the time to appreciate every single thing that life has to offer.

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