It's been about 3 years since I last saw Fizzy Blood (7.2), Since then they've got a new bassist (whose got some epic bass face) and they seem to have dropped their math rock-ish roots for a much more direct rock n' roll sound. The set was also full of northern humour, with jokes about Birmingham 'I went to a spice themed party in Birmingham, I got there and everyone was dressed as an astronaut' and banter about the headliners, with their singer saying he's glad to not be headlining after seeing what ALLUSONDRUGS singer Jason does to his mics.
It was nice seeing ALLUSONDRUGS (8) back to their rowdy selves after cleaning up for the Throwdown tour, they still managed to not fall over for the whole set though. Strangely enough the crowd didn't erupt into a frenzy of moshing, but the highlight was getting to hear a whole bunch of new songs, which hopefully means that début album is around the corner. Of the newbies 'Sleep Machine' was a gentle shoegazey ballard, which is one of the most delicate and graceful songs they've done yet. 'Hang' was similar and full of chiming grungy guitar melodies. While 'Good People is blatantly 'about being horny', and is the funkiest, sleaziest tune they've done yet. These new tunes, alongside other newbies 'Sister' (which is about being good to people) and 'Stir are some of the best tunes they've ever written. Jason is still the class clown, wearing a blouse, giving his microphone a blowjob and getting everyone to sing bassist Jamal, a happy birthday (it wasn't his birthday). At one point he gobbed on the ceiling, and everyone in the room looked up and wondered when it'd drop down, disgustingly it lasted the whole show.