An auditory assault met my ears as I descended the stairs to the Moles main stage. “Was this going to be a pleasant experience?” I wondered. It wasn’t going to be gentle that was for sure.
One of the best things about Moles is its story. When you watch a gig there, you’re not just seeing a band, you’re sharing in history.
Other venues come and go and yes, they show some great bands, but at Moles, you’re joining an institution that stretches back decades, you’re becoming a member of those ‘who were there’, those who stood in the same place and watched the likes of Oasis, The Cure, Radiohead and many more on their rise to stardom.
The main event that night was Baby In Vain, a 3 part band from Copenhagen. They’ve already started to make a big name for themselves across Europe and have also toured the states, supporting The Kills. Moles was the halfway point of a 16 venue tour of the UK, taking them from Aberdeen to Southampton, Cardiff to London, and everywhere between.
Alas, I’d missed the opening act, Swamp, but Meekers, the main support act, had just started as I arrived. They proceeded to pelt out a series of speedy songs with hardly any breaks, giving little time to reflect on the last song before they blasted into the next.
It was simple, brutal and amazingly enjoyable, and also held some fine musicianship; but what was even more gratifying to witness, was how they embodied the spirit of grass roots rock, punk and garage bands the world over, those who don’t care if they get famous or not, they just want to have a good time and share it with others.
When it comes to Baby In Vain, the uninitiated could be forgiven for thinking ‘Oh, this is going to be a fun little set’. Bene, Lola and Andrea look harmless, but before the first note finishes, you will have no doubt that what stands before you, is nothing short of a musical leviathan.
Their music is a guttural, savage, twisting of grunge rock, which doesn’t bother with a bass guitar, but features switchable rhythm and lead guitars and vocals, punchy percussion and a bit of synth.
The swapping of vocals causes you to constantly change your focus throughout the set and the effects ladened guitar shredding had me and other audience members nodding in appreciation.
They’ve been likened to B.R.M.C., and while that theme is definitely there, I was also reminded of Nirvana, not just for the sound, but for the raw emotion which comes through their songs, which are dark and often a bit sinister.
Their music isn’t pretty, but that’s what makes it beautiful, like a work of art made from burning car tyres. They’re one of those bands that ‘When you get it, you get it’, and as soon as their set had finished I wanted it to start from the beginning again immediately.
I spoke to them briefly following the set, about how music had brought them together, and was glad to hear they were taking a break and spending the following day in Bath, before heading on to Southampton for the second stage of their tour.
Please come back soon, Baby In Vain!
I’ll be back at Moles soon, for the Meeking album launch!
Written by @LordSkitch
Thank you to Soul Media for the photos
Reviewed on 10 October 2017