Gig Review: Puppet Rebellion at Jimmy’s (17/3/17)

Puppet Rebellion © Samantha Guess for Are We Alive?

Puppet Rebellion © Samantha Guess for Are We Alive?

Not only did the latest event from the Scruff of the Neck stronghold on Manchester’s Indie scene fall on St Patrick’s Day, but it was also raining very, very heavily. You’d think this might have deterred a huge audience from cramming downstairs in latest music hotspot Jimmy’s, but that was definitely not the case!

Bristolian band Blitzkreig City opened strong, a high energy band with memorable bass lines really set the pace. LiVVO took the stage next with a completely different sound. Experimental pedal work, punchy drum rhythms, melodic riffs and vocals filled the stage with an almost other-wordly swell of power that made the tiny room expand and contract with their sound. David Liversage has set strong foundations for his sound and he and his band have so much coming their way.

Off the back of their new single release ‘Please Me’, Puppet Rebellion strolled confidently onto the stage next. The Manchester five piece opened with new song, Slave. It follows the same pattern as their previous indie-pop singles, a model that is clearly working for them. Their sound is polished and catchy, much like successful indie predecessors Catfish and the Bottlemen, and the likes of Editors and White Lies. It looks like Puppet Rebellion will follow suit and soon be the name on the lips of radio presenters; they’ve already had plays at the Etihad and Old Trafford.

The Northern Quarter crowd knew every word to Puppet Rebellion’s songs as they blasted out heavy-hitting singles Claim to Fame, The Pact and Greatest Lie. People were dancing and shouting along to their riff heavy anthemic sound, a sound that was far too big for the small space. These boys are ready for much bigger stages now, and it’s due to them after several line-up changes and lots of hard work. It looks like we’ll be getting a festival circuit and even a debut album from Puppet Rebellion later this year.

Set List: Slave, Please Me, Cupboards, Claim To Fame, Save You, Life Is In Your Hands, Operator, Now You Try, Fragments, The Pact, Greatest Lie

Blitzkrieg City © Samantha Guess for Are We Alive?

LiVVo © Samantha Guess for Are We Alive?

LiVVo © Samantha Guess for Are We Alive?

Puppet Rebellion © Samantha Guess for Are We Alive?

Jo Flynn

Jo Flynn is an arts enthusiast based in Central Manchester.