Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes – 22nd Nov 2021 – Barrowland Glasgow
On a cold Monday night, the first signs of winter are rolling in, Glasgow city is getting ready to rock, in the famous Barrowland Ballroom welcomes the return to the city of Frank Carter, after his recent visit supporting Scotland’s own Biffy Clyro at the Glasgow Green. This time he is headlining the famous venue promoting his recent album release “Sticky”.
The atmosphere is electric in the venue waiting for the band to take to the stage, the fans wait eagerly for the night of music to begin. As the lights go down, the first glimpse of the band can be seen making their way onto the stage, as Frank took his position at the front, simply saying ‘this is going to be fun ‘, before opening the show with the excellent new song ‘my town’, a track filled with energy and passion, a trait that has is to be expected from the band. Frank sporting a sling on his left arm, with a recent black eye, telling the crowd of the exploits at a recent Idles show. Before raising the roof with fan favourite ‘Wild Flowers’ taking the time to open a pit in the middle of the room and a safe space for woman, and speaking out against sexual violence. During the brilliant ‘Tyrant Lizard King’, Frank greeted the crowd in his own special way, he was once again on the shoulders of the fans, standing tall and taking in the show from the audience perspective.
A set mixed with old and new songs, performed with hi energy, explosive at times as Frank covered every part of the stage with plenty of communication with the audience before, during and after the songs. There’s a strong bond between the band and fans that is easily felt at the live shows. None other than the ultimate crowd pleaser ‘Kitty Sucker’ turned the Barrowland wild with a collaboration of the bands musical skills and explosive lyrics from Frank Carter. This was the ideal song before introducing the audience to a few songs from the new album live. The title track from the new album ‘Sticky’ merged well with the previous songs.
Some highlights from the set were the excellent ‘off with his head’, ‘Devil inside me’, ‘Go get a tattoo’ before the amazing ‘Take it to the brink’. As the saying goes, all good things come to an end, the night was drawing near for Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, the final track ‘I hate you’, was the perfect choice to close the set in a special way before Frank Carter and the band left for a much needed break, the heat in the venue was warm and sticky after an excellent set.
After a short break they took to the stage to a hero’s welcome, performing a storming 3 song encore of ‘angel wings’, ‘crowbar’ before closing the set with a brilliant version of ‘Original Sin’, before saying goodbye to their loyal fan base.
The band are currently in the middle of their UK tour, if you get a chance to see them you will not be disappointed by the show. It is 100 mile an hour from start to finish, filled with energy, character and passion. Frank Carter is a number 1 entertainer to deliver a show of brilliance.
Review and Photographs by James Edmond