Ten years after first coming into the spotlight in Manchester with former band Gallows, Frank Carter brought his latest project The Rattlesnakes to Manchester’s Academy. With help from Yonaka and Strange Bones; it was a night to remember for new and old fans – who Carter pointed out as recognising from previous visits to the city.

Brighton based four-piece Yonaka opened the show with a rocky start and looked understandably
nervous for a young band opening for such an experienced act. They settled into the show after
the first few songs and began to show the talent they had in their songs. Female vocalist Theresa
Jarvis looked awkward onstage, trying to dance along to the music, however made up for this with
her excellent voice. Yonaka seemed slightly out of place on such a punk rock lineup although some
of their heavier songs went down well with the crowd that had arrived early. They had catchy riffs
and excellent vocals but would have been better suited on a slightly more pop orientated lineup.

Main support Strange Bones took to the stage with a lot of energy and noise from the stage. Their
singer and spent the first few songs in the crowd after having taken his top off and jumped over the
barriers. They were much better suited than Yonaka to open for The Rattlesnakes and took their
punk ethos to another level when frontman Bob Bentham entered the stage with a balaclava over
his head and continued to wear it for the following few songs. Strange Bones had a lot of energy
and a clear message to their songs but despite all the onstage antics and aggressive they didn’t
have much variety in their songs and they all seemed to become slightly repetitive by the end of
their set.

After a long wait and the background music being lowered several times the Rattlesnake finally
took to the stage to a huge cheer from the crowd as they all entered wearing matching outfits with
bright white trousers. Following shortly after was Frank Carter donning a black pinstripe suit to kick
the set off with ‘Snake Eyes’ and unleashed a barrage of half empty beer cups and sweat from the
audience.

The Rattlesnakes played a mix of both new and old tracks from their albums; with the grittier older
tracks, like ‘Fangs’ and ‘Juggernaut’, having the most success with crowd and created some of the
biggest circle pits Academy 2 has seen. However more melodic songs off their recent album
‘Modern Ruin’ brought a different side to audience who sang along to songs like ‘Wild Flowers’ and

‘Lullably’ which broke the set down and added a good contrast between songs.
Frank Carter was extremely humble onstage, despite spending the majority of the show stood
ontop the crowds hands and shoulders, and thanked everybody working in the venue several times
and particularly mentioned the security – pointing out what a great job they do keeping everybody
safe. Carter also took a moment to dedicate a song to a part of his show that he said he’d wished
he’d starting doing ten years ago with Gallows. He asked that only females crowd surf and
threatened any man who tried to touch anybody inappropriately or mistreat them in any way – an
excellent thing to introduce into such a male dominated scene.

The opening track from ‘Modern Ruin’ is the first song Frank Carter has written entirely on his own,
and attempted to perform it onstage alone playing guitar himself. He struggled through, making a
few mistakes as he was obviously new to playing guitar and said it was the first time he’d
attempted to play standing upright. This shows that despite being an icon in the punk music scene
he is still human and has a passion for the music he write.

Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes excellently finished off an evening which didn’t get off to the
greatest start and showed a new side to the music scene that should be more common place in
showing respect for women and the security at concerts.

Words: Stuart Daley