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The Ones to Watch: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Riding off the success of their second album, Modern Ruin, and a leg of supporting Biffy Clyro on their European tour, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes brought their current UK tour to close last night at London’s KOKO.

From the moment the band took to the stage playing ‘Snake Eyes’, an energy filled the crowd which seemed to be channelled from Frank’s presence himself. This lasted throughout the entire performance and even during the slower anthems such as ‘Thunder’ and ‘Neon Rust’, the band didn’t let up. Frank was so involved that he occasionally threw himself into the crowd, most notably during ‘Paradise’ from their debut album, Blossom. In fact, the energy was so high you could almost be forgiven for thinking that the performance only lasted 20 minutes, despite being on stage for about 70.

Perhaps what was most satisfying about the night was experiencing how genuine a person Frank is, offering the fourth song ‘Modern Ruin’ as an opportunity for any woman to crowd surf without fear of being groped, all of which was met with a roar from the audience.  He also took multiple opportunities to thank all of the staff working the venue, especially the security who had spent most of the night lifting away crowd surfers. It was clear how much himself and the band love doing what they do, and they came across as incredibly humble and grateful for being where they are today.

Frank told the crowd that “all good things must come to end”, signalling that we had reached the 16th and final song of the set, as well as the final song of the tour. Before closing with ‘I Hate You’ from Blossom (which he dedicated to Theresa May), we were hinted that this wasn’t the last the UK will see of him this year. With a performance in Glastonbury and a return to Reading & Leeds Festivals in August, he also hinted that the band would be returning to London in December.

Frank Carter has proven that he has the potential to become the next big rock-star. And it is clear that the band are not going anywhere. I would urge everyone to seize the opportunity to see this band as soon as possible and check out their music, regardless of which genres you normally would listen to. For the atmosphere of their performance in a small venue is something that is currently unmatched by any other band in the UK and an experience you do not want to miss out on.

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