You might remember a blog I wrote a little while ago about my good friend Jonny Firth, Wakefield’s former answer to Keith Moon. I say former because Jonny put down his sticks a long time ago in favour of the electric guitar, upon which he’s been belting out his own particular brand of warped, howling, blues ever since, most recently with Crybabycry, a three piece band from Leeds/Wakefield.
Last Friday saw the launch of Crybabycry’s brilliant ‘Spin City’ EP at The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, which I hasten to add was completely sold out thanks in no small part, I imagine, to the band’s relentless work ethic and social media presence. I’m not sure I know of another band that puts as much effort into promoting themselves (without label support it must be said) as Crybabycry do, so it was nice to see them reaping the rewards of their labour with a packed house to play to.
The gig itself was brilliant. It was a performance by a band who obviously work as hard in the rehearsal room as they do out of it. Heavy, visceral, intense and pummellingly loud riffage to rival anything that Fu Manchu ever wrote one minute followed by soft, hypnotic, soothing vocal melodies a la Nina Persson the next. Crybabycry play with extremes and they do it to great effect pulling their audience this way and that, lifting them up and bringing them down – to paraphrase Janis Joplin, I do believe Crybabycry were toying with our emotions… This was a group effort in which all three members achieved something much more impressive than individual brilliance, collectively transcending their own contributions to generate a truly electrifying performance.