Premonition 13, Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of The Knight, Enos
Thursday 1st December 2011
Words and photos by Antony Roberts
I’ve got to say I really like the Purple Turtle in Camden, bar prices are a bit over the top, but the PA sound is generally good, stage is a good height and security are nice enough. I’ve heard rumours they are trying to slow down on metal events and get a more dance nights happening. If this is the case it will be a great shame, Desertscene, Grindethic, and Arcane Promotions to name a few, put on so many great gigs here and London needs more venues like this.
Tonight I was there to see Wino bending his strings with his new bluesy rock band Premonition 13 but there were surprises in store with the support.
First up were Brighton’s Enos, these guys have been gigging since around 2008, blending their stoner infused rock with some spaced out jam sections. Living close to Brighton I’ve seen this band many a time and enjoyed them on many occasion but tonight unfortunately familiarity led to indifference. Their set was enjoyable and competent, and any other night they would have drawn more of my attention, but having watched them so many times before and with Premonition 13 due on, I found myself wandering.
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Next up was my surprise of the evening, Trippy Wicked and The Cosmic Children Of The Knight. With a name like that I was expecting some kind of psych 70’s rock band, oh how assumption is the mother of all. Starting off with a bluegrass style ditty by the name of Southern all my preconceptions were blown out of the water. It had a real chain gang delta vibe to it, just groovin’ and chilling along, but then second song Fire completely turned the vibe on it’s head. One hell of a dirty riff mixed with some very heavy and groovy bass work providing the backing but it was Peter Holland’s vocals that sealed the deal. I’m going to revert to lazy comparisons but think of a more nasal Chris Cornell singing over a mix of Clutch, Kyuss, and Down. Yes i’m going for the easy picks that you will know the names of, but you all get the idea. Thanking those in the audience who’d bought tickets from them, someone quipped from the audience “hey look the tout’s singing!”. You can’t deny a band trying to make a few extra pounds, not with those downright dirty riffs, massive groove, great songs, and those soaring vocals. Seriously these guys are awesome, go check them out, go buy their album and E.P., go see them live…
Headliners for the night Premonition 13 had a lot to follow, but hell this is Wino. Call me a fanboy but look at the pedigree, Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, Place Of Skulls, The Hidden Hand, the list goes on and on. Opening with B.E.A.U.T.Y. also the opening track of new debut album 13 it was clear straight away the band were super comfortable adding extra layers, changes and leads all over the place. Most bands this new would have fallen apart at the seams with the amount of freestyle guitar work, but they were tight to perfection. Tracks like Modern Man allowed Jim Karow to take vocal duties and prove he’s not just a damn competent guitarist but a decent singer as well. With schedules pressing the set Wino kept the between song banter to a minimum, but promised mid set if time allowed they’d treat us to a jam. True to his word and with time a plenty the band encored with a jam session, allowing everyone to bask in the glory of the master of the riff. I’m not sure of the timings exactly, but perhaps 20 minutes of pure unadulterated freestyle killer riffs and leads finished an amazing set. Something tells me in years to come this is going to be one of those gigs everyone claims they were at, a very special night.