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Boy Kill Boy at the Wulfrun
Boy Kill Boy at the Wulfrun

NME tour @ the Wulfrun

Review and photos by Katie Lincoln, site user
Rising stars Boy Kill Boy, The Automatic, Forward Russia and the Howling Bells played Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall on the 8th of May 2006.


The Howling Bells - Wulfrun
The Howling Bells - Wulfrun

This years NME tour once again provides the region with performances from the cream of the new rock scene. Previous bands to have played this tour have gone on to great things (Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, The Killers, etc) and so a certain expectation has been placed on this year's acts. The line-up features four up and coming acts, all of whom differ in style and sound considerably.

Howling Bells

Forward Russia @ Wulfrun Hall
Forward Russia @ Wulfrun Hall

The first performance of the night came from the female fronted Australian band, Howling Bells. Their finely tuned set of atmospheric tracks proved to be the surprise success story of the night, with sweeping guitars and lush melodies backing lead singer Juanita’s nico-esque vocal performance.

Highlights of the set included a fantastic rock and roll version of ‘Wishing Stone,’ whilst new single ‘Blessed Night’ was reeled off with a style and verve that could only be described as magical.

Forward Russia

Forward Russia @ Wulfrun Hall
Forward Russia @ Wulfrun Hall

Forward Russia came onstage to a large and dedicated following of supporters, many of whom were wearing the bands logo style T-shirts. The band kicked straight into a frantic set of songs from their eagerly awaited debut album ‘Give Me A Wall’, with lead singer Tom leaping around onstage like a man possessed.

Each song was performed with a confidence befitting their status as the ‘next big thing’ whilst one of the many highlights saw drummer Katie belting out numbers as one of the tracks became more and more frantic.

Upon leaving the stage, the bands army of exhausted sweaty fans gave them a huge ovation, showing that Forward Russia are a band to look out for over the coming few months.

The Automatic

The Automatic @ Wulfrun
The Automatic @ Wulfrun

Welsh four piece The Automatic were another entertaining and highly energetic band, although their set did drag slightly in the middle.

Keyboard / synths man Pennie was the highlight of the band, screaming manically over Rob’s vocals and sliding around the stage on both knees.

'Raoul' was performed brilliantly and soon had the crowds jumping around excitedly, whilst set closer and new single ‘Monster’ was definitely the pinnacle of the overall performance. Another band to watch out for this summer, The Automatic will soon be filling your minds with their unrelenting melodies.

Boy Kill Boy

The Automatic @ Wulfrun
The Automatic @ Wulfrun

Headline act Boy Kill Boy performed an excellent set of catchy Anglo-American tunes, with lead singer Chris providing the band with great stage presence due to his uncompromising stance and ice cool stare.

Each of the bands finely crafted songs flowed effortlessly in this finely balanced set, with hit single ‘Back Again’ being blasted out powerfully just a few tunes in.

Boy Kill Boy at the Wulfrun
Boy Kill Boy at the Wulfrun

Boy Kill Boy seemed to be really enjoying their performance on the night, and were grateful for the support shown by the large audience who had stayed until the end (it was a bit different a few years ago when Lost Prophets fans left before Andrew WK’s headline set).

The set finished with a number of catchy pop rock songs including new single ‘Suzie’, which was definitely the highlight of their set. With a debut album out in June, and a fan base that seems to be growing and growing, expect to see Boy Kill Boy playing many more entertaining and exciting gigs throughout the region soon.

last updated: 10/05/06
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