Live Review: Pupil Slicer, Coil Guns and God Alone, Boom Leeds

It’s been a while since we’ve been to a show at Leeds’s most DIY Hardcore of venues, the legendary Boom. Tonight’s bill is a triple dose of angular modern metallic rage, black metal-tinged, post-rock disco (yes, really), and spiky post-hardcore. This promises to be a fun night!

God Alone

The energy coming from the stage immediately floors everyone, with the Cork boys’ incredible math rock punk disco explosion igniting the room. Cian and Jake are total livewires with all of the reckless abandon of a toddler after too many Haribos. During ‘Tinfoil In The Walls’ Jake in particular stalks the stage like a man possessed as he jerks, jumps and thrashes his way through God Alone’s gloriously multi coloured take on pretty much every genre you can think of all at once! God Alone don’t do bad shows and tonight’s no exception with ‘Kung Fu Treachery’ always a show highlight with the lads seemingly quoting Kung Fu movies instead of sampling them with high kicking moves like a post rock street fighter simulation, kinda. Over the course of many cuts from their incredible ‘ETC’ album Cian, Jake and the boys seem intent on destroying themselves, their equipment and Boom all at once and they nearly succeeded! Pupil Slicers Kate Davies is down the front in the pit before her own headline show this evening, that’s how good God Alone are, no one ever wants to miss them!

Coil Guns

Coil Guns are a revelation to us. We are not overstating this and have now purchased one of their really rather sexy jackets intending to be worn every day. The Swiss four-piece deal in angular punky math rock but have a sound all of their own which makes them one of the rare breed of bands that you simply have to see. In singer Louis Jucker, they have an incredible live wire frontman, you have to watch your phone around him though as he’ll swipe it and make a video if you’re not careful as a certain Church Road Records artist found out. Louis apologises for the Swiss government’s role in big pharma during the pandemic earnestly and it becomes apparent that this is clearly a conscious band with a strong message. A feast for the eyes and ears they are as cool as the first time we heard At The Drive In. Their incredible 2019 album ‘Watchwinders’ has incredible punk rock energy and is a must listen. Coil guns possess a really intriguing guitar sound thanks to the guitar of choice involved which I believe is 9-string and capable of a tonality I’ve not heard before. The four-piece win a venue’s worth of fans tonight and ignite a huge mosh out. Before they blast out spiky new single ‘Venetian Blinds’ they praise God Alone for being, “the best band in the world,” so far both Coil Guns and God Alone can share that accolade. They explode into a wall of feedback and noise, and they can consider Leeds thoroughly conquered with some of the crowd making heart shaped gestures!  (Something I’ve not seen in Boom before!) Louis ends the set in the crowd clinging to Ari from Hidden Mothers leg, it’s that kind of night and is a very special performance!

Pupil Slicer

Pupil Slicer are playing their ‘Blossom’ album in full with their new lineup, and true to the album it’s full of sonic exploration and Kate’s blackened screetch next to her sweeter but sometimes almost mocking singing tone is always a winning combination. Tonight, Pupil Slicer benefits from a full well-balanced sound which helps immensely with the more subtle nuances of the album. During Creating ‘The Devil In Our Image’ the crowd erupts in response to its slow build and huge blasting crescendo. It’s times like these that you really appreciate a good sound engineer to bring out all of the entwined elements. As this is a full album play through, we do get the interludes too, but luckily just as Kate asks, “still with us?” it’s followed by stand out stomper single, ‘No Temple’ which tonight sounds razor sharp and heavy as fuck with its well-placed breakbeats and THAT pinch harmonic breakdown! It’s followed up by ‘Terminal Lucidity’ which has never been played live before and as Kate says is, “really fucking fast.” She’s not wrong! It’s also in possession of one of the best choruses on the album which makes the blast fest that follows it so much more brutal.

The drumming in particular by Josh Andrews is very striking and he is putting in a surgically precise performance that is dazzling, the more restrained tracks from the album which have a chance to spread their wings before their dramatic climax like ‘Dim Morning Light’ with Brady from Conjurer up onstage putting in a surprise blistering cameo on vox. Finishing with a breathless ‘Blossom’ and members of God Alone in the pit it’s a fitting end to a UK post metal/hardcore mates fest of a night! The encore arrives with one more song, an old one! The crowd grin like maniacs as the band rip out ‘Wounds upon my Skin’ ending the night in a totally triumphant blasting mosh fest. We step out into the night dizzy and smiling. This gig was a great package where the supports and headliners were all on an equal footing and the crowd won a great all-round experience.

Review & Photos By George Miller – https://linktr.ee/601music

God Alone

Coil Guns

Pupil Slicer