Kraak is a small, difficult to find and excellent venue tucked away in the edges of Manchester city centre’s Northern Quarter. Fortunately, Kraak is happy to host concerts that readers of this blog will be interested in. Last night was one of those that had been eagerly anticipated for a long time, with Trojan Horse AND Thumpermonkey on the same bill, ably assisted by furious math-rock duo Cleft and the intricate Vasco Da Gama.
Trojan Horse were in spectacular form. The rare appearence of Sun and Summer in Manchester did not suit with our lumberjack shirted hero Nick, as the heat on stage was intense, but it seemed to fire (pardon the pun) them up even more than usual. Material from the “new album” yet to be realised was especially noteworthy. Thumpermonkey as usual defied anything else you could ever hear. Both bands went down a storm with an audience of mixed ages – great to see some of the younger people really getting into this sort of music.
After their sets, Thumpermonkey’s bass player Sam Warren, TH’s Nick Duke and I stepped out into the evening sun on Bradley’s Court to have a natter about musical this and that for the Ork Alarm! blog. You can hear that conversation after Nick’s lecture on why I should be putting gigs on in Rochdale! Many thanks to Sam and Nick for their time and contributions to this. A fantastic night all round.
The interview can be downloaded from HERE