Russian Circles at Gorilla, Manchester - live review
Venue: Gorilla, Manchester
Chicago post-rockers bring support from shoegaze trio, Cloakroom
Shoegazers Cloakroom are on fine form as they open the evening’s proceedings with a set of scuzzy, fuzzy rock tunes in thrall to the 90s golden years of the genre. Sonically closest perhaps to labelmates Nothing, their set has its moments, particularly when hook-laden guitar leads counterpoint grooving bass parts.
While they definitely have their own thing going, a criticism would be that playing so strongly to genre stereotypes as to bury the guitars and vocals does them a disservice, as there are licks and melodies that deserve a more forthright presentation to the listener.