Bristol rockers, Turbowolf, has had their foot to the distortion peddle since the release of their debut LP in 2011. Originally tagged as a band intent on copying the deep groove of Led Zeppelin, Turbowolf has gone on to prove original doubters wrong, maintaining their Zep-styled rhythmic groove but adding various flavours on top, all accumulating in a library of rock that is rich in ideas, sounds and energy.
On tour in support of their new ‘The Free Life’ record, TurboWolf is in fine form. Centred around ultra-charismatic frontman, Chris Georgiadis, each member of the band contributes equally to the creation of a sound that is layered, hypnotic and forceful.
Whilst Georgiadis provides the visuals, the Plant-esque vocals and the Bobby Gillespie styled rock star poses, it’s guitarist Andy Ghosh who seems to have the most successful night this evening, somehow managing to provide both pounding riffs and sonic feedback simultaneously; foundations on top of which the band build their layered sound, deep bass lines and hip-shaking grooves.
A well-knit energetic collective, Turbowolf maintain an intensity and level of humour throughout their show that makes this a great live performance and it’s equally likely to make you shake your behind as it is to make you laugh.
‘Rabbits Foot’ almost steals tonight’s show with its glam stomp and pounding drum beat, however, it’s upstaged by two highlights.
First off, the crowd are treated to a live acrobatics show by Georgiadis as he jumps over the barrier and into the crowd in what must be the greatest stage dive the 02 has ever seen, whilst singing.
Secondly, the audience is treated to an incredible one-off when special guest Sebastien Grainger from Death from Above joins the group on stage to add backing vocals.
Turbowolf has a bounce made for live venues so let’s hope that they keep their foot on that peddle for a lot longer.