(həd) p.e. – O2 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland 11/10/15 – Gig Review11th November 2015
Having been a fan of (həd) p.e. for the best part of 20 years I was ecstatic to see them back in Glasgow even if it was in a support slot again & this time sandwiched between Yashin, Crossfaith & headliners Skindred
It started off pretty slow as I’m unsure if the band actually got a chance to sound check but as the P.A volume crept up the dulcet tones of Jared on the melodica (a plastic keyboard connected to a flexible hose mouth piece) & the notes of The Specials Ghost Town fills the room fully (həd) p.e.d up.
As always this is a rebel rousing version & segways perfectly into No Turning Back lifted from their current album Evolution & has Mr.Gomes wearing the V for Vendetta anonymous mask while body popping across the stage.
Trauma (Jeremiah Stratton) on drums is a sight to behold smashing the hell out of the drums in his own punk/funk rock style. Probably one of the most underrated drummers of his genre.
New boys Kurt Blankenship – bass & Gregzilla (Greg Harrison) – guitar are a great addition to the band. Gregzillais a Dimebag Darrell replica which is no bad thing & jams just as hard.
Kurt himself has no qualms at just throwing himself into the bass parts. Considering Mawk is a hard act to follow Kurt was amazing.
Jared himself was in fine vocal form. Unleashing his stupendous vocal range from death growl, to reggae style toasting & soulful tones as demonstrated perfectly on the old favourite Bartender from the Blackout album.
Tracks Blackout & Bartender got the craziest reactions
This is the 2nd time I’ve had the pleasure of seeing (həd) p.e. & this time around they were tighter than a nuns chuff.
Everything about their performance was heartfelt & you could tell they were having fun which is what a live show is all about.
The crowd was quite happily bouncing about, crowd surfing & generally moshing like mad & a lot of them where singing along. I’m sure there’s going to be a fair few sore throats & bodies after the entire show.
Renegade from New World Orphans brought their set to a close & was by the far the best I have ever heard that track performed live.
My only complaint about the (həd) p.e set is that it was too short & no material from the Only in Amerika album.
Fingers crossed it wont be long before (həd) p.e come back to the UK for a headline tour.
(The Specials cover)
No Turning Back
One More Body
They’re a band I will happily always go back & watch again