Butcher Babies/Eyes Set To Kill/Klogr
Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes – 27/2/2018
The Craufurd Arms represents everything that is good about UK venues. It has a great sound system, is just the right size to attract emerging artists and more established ones and it also has a laid back friendly vibe. It’s no surprise then that even on a bitterly cold Tuesday night there’s a good turnout to support the rapidly rising Butcher Babies plus supports.
First up are Italian noise mongers Klogr who blast through a set of no nonsense alt rock that blends post punk with metal and hard core. It’s a somewhat surprisingly melodic thirty odd minutes and it’s great to see the band have pulled a good crowd. Although virtually unknown in the UK the band make a good impression which hopefully will mean a swift return to these shores.
Eyes Set To Kill have played a few short tours this side of the pond but this is the most extensive run they’ve done to date. Their music is a punchy clean mix of metal core and post punk, a divergent brand of blood and guts sound that is fast becoming the soundtrack to the next generation of the disaffected. The one cover they play is Zombie, a tribute to the recently passed Dolores O’Riordan. It’s a song that has been done so many times but here it takes on a special meaning. All power to Alexia Rodriguez and the guys for doing it so well.
Taking their name from a Plasmatics song the Butcher Babies may sound and be very much a metal band but they have the spirit of punk within them too. The two genres are spiritual siblings and this is a performance where you can see and feel that umbilical cord. In Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd music has gained a genuinely original dual vocal where clean and screamo interchange at different levels in astounding harmony. So often overlooked the guys more than play their part too with rock solid musicianship played with real flair. It’s the new songs such as Headspin that show how far this rapidly rising band have come. For eight years the Butcher babies have fought their corner like tigers, now they sound like they’re ready for the kill.
Words and images by Gary Trueman