GDANSK81 LIVE IN ATHERTON – WHAT HAPPENED?

One of the North’s finest independent venues played host to an evening of exception post punk this weekend.

The Snug in Atherton is famed for it’s outstanding line-ups, drawing top musical acts of all genres over to perform weekly. The venue is not only well known for the calibre of music on offer, but also its outstanding sound system, making it one of the top small venues and a must visit for any live music fan.

Saturday was no different as two top bands were on offer. Slab hailing from Manchester kicked off the proceedings and were sounding better than ever. Three of the coolest people you could ever meet and Lianne most definitely one of the best drummers out there keeping Tom and Paul in check with her mesmerising skills.

The band limit the vocals and let the guitars (and drums) do the talking with emotional driven guitar riffs and heavy bass lines that penetrate the soul and literally takes your breath away. When you think this three piece could not get any cooler, along stroll in Cassie of the Sewer Cats (another achingly cool punk band who are another must see.)

Cass has just collaborated with Slab on their latest single ‘Defibrillator’ which sees Cassie’s expressive vocals perfectly paired with the instrumentally dynamic three-piece. A wonderful addition to an already belting line up!

Headlining this evening were post-punk outfit GDANSK81 who are a six piece taking to the Snug (literally in this case) with a whole ensemble of instruments.

The six piece created quite an atmosphere with strong vocals and dark lyrics which cover a whole range of issues teamed with so many different instruments it is quite a sight to behold. The band are half Liverpudlian and half Mancunian, with Dave McNally on lead vocals, unassuming yet with an intensity that makes you listen. There are certainly influences of Bunnymen and The Chameleons present here.

Taking the edge off the intensity of McNally is the lead guitarist who provides backing vocals and in contrast to McNally’s brooding, passionately adds another dimension to the music. The evening has been yet another successful punked up pile of fun and I urge you to get your arses down to the Snug soon!

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