The Amazing Snakeheads and Fat White Family also played the final night of the event
New York quartet Cerebral Ballzy concluded a 13-date stint headlining the Monster NME Radar tour last night (November 27) with a raucous show at The Cockpit in Leeds, complete with stagediving and circle pits.
Joining them on the final leg of the tour were Glasgow trio and recent Domino signings The Amazing Snakeheads, who have been playing throughout the two weeks of shows, and south Londoners Fat White Family, who took over from The Bohicas to join for the final six nights.
Cerebral Ballzy, who were set to return the US immediately after their set to continue the preparations for the release of their second album ‘Jaded And Faded’, opened their headline slot with thrashing old track ‘Puke Song’.
During second number ‘Another Day’, frontman Honor Titus scaled the lighting rig, performing from the ceiling before jumping down to lie on the side of the stage for ‘Insufficient Fare’ – which was introduced as “a song about not having enough money to ride the subway in New York City”.
As ‘Cutting Class’ kicked in, the crowd started climbing on the stage and continuously stagediving, while ‘Fake ID’ and ‘Drug Myself Dumb’ also elicited circle pits throughout. ‘Skate All Day’ and ‘Speed Wobbles’ were introduced respectively as “a song about skateboarding” and “a song about skateboarding faster”, while ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Do’ saw Titus giving an audience member the mic to scream the chorus.
Nearing the end of the set, Titus addressed and thanked the crowd: “Next time I come to Leeds, I know where the fucking cool kids are,” he enthused. “Next year’s gonna be a big year for punk rock. Thanks for being here early.” The band then closed with a hedonistic ‘Causing Havoc’ before exiting.
Earlier on in the night, Fat White Family, who release their debut LP ‘Champagne Holocaust’ next Monday (December 2), opened the evening with an eventful half-hour set. Drawing solely from their debut record, the six-piece began with an instrumental opening of ‘Autoneutron’ before singer Lias Saudi took to the stage in a pair of jeans with a huge hole ripped down the rear.
The group then tore through previous single ‘Heaven On Earth’ before ‘Is It Raining In Your Mouth?’, ‘Wild American Prairie’ and ‘Without Consent’. During ‘Cream Of The Young’, the band’s bassist broke a string causing a temporary glitch in proceedings. With the bassist leaving the stage, Saudi announced that the set was finished. However, after repeated shouts for more from the crowd, Fat White Family played a final version of ‘Garden Of The Numb’ as a finale.
The Amazing Snakeheads then took to the stage, performing an intense set taken from their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled debut on Domino.
Opening with debut single ‘Testifying Time’, the three piece launched into ‘Vampire’, followed by ‘Knife’ and ‘Storm’. Newer offerings ‘Night Time’ and ‘Losing My Mind’ continued the set – both of which were characterised by Barclay’s howling vocal performance. ‘Can’t Let You Go’ was next before the trio finished with ‘Flatlining’, when they encouraged the crowd to come to the front of the stage to form a circle pit.
Speaking after the show, fans were in excitable form. “I think I might have broken something stagediving, but it was worth it. Cerebral Ballzy are the fucking best,” enthused Robin, 18, from Wakefield. Twenty-year-old Sarah, meanwhile, said she hadn’t heard of Fat White Family before, but that “they were amazing. I thought the support bands would all be more like Cerebral Ballzy, but they were really different. Kind of weird, but in a good way”.
Cerebral Ballzy played:
‘Be Your Toy’
‘Drug Myself Dumb’
‘Skate All Day’
‘Don’t Tell Me What To Do’
‘All I Ever Wanted’