Eye Licker – The North Bar, Rhyl – 14/11/19

Middle Name God

Rhyl has always been associated with sunshine, beaches, slot machines and amusement arcades. But come winter, it can be a very unforgiving place. Tonight the elements were against us, in what was a sodden and soaked evening. But what better way to spend it than in the company of Manchester punk / hardcore band Eye Licker.

The North Bar boasts a small back room that doesn’t take much to fill. Steve Rastin from Subculture Events puts on some great acts here, and tonight is a belter. First up were Conwy based Middle Name God. Spawning from their other band Morvo , who are currently on a hiatus, this two-piece unit punches hard with some heavy riffing and mesmerising lyrics. There’s enough power to disguise the fact that there’s no bass player here, and their set is well received by the die-hards who have braved the elements.

All at PlanetMosh know my feelings on Eye Licker. I was hooked from the moment I first witnessed their track ‘Filth ‘ live at Blackpool on video. This is the first time I’ve caught the band live and my god I was not disappointed. The power from this four-piece has to be heard to be believed. Check out their opening track ‘Intro Schmintro ‘ on the video link above. Although an instrumental, you will still understand exactly where I’m coming from in regards to what these guys are capable of. Thanks to Rich Phillips for the video.

Lead singer Paul recently made the hard decision and announced he’s leaving the band due to work and family commitments. His on-stage presence will be hugely missed when he finishes at the end of this year. Current bassist Rob will be taking up vocal duties and the band have just recruited a new bass player, but that’s another story.

Watching the guys playing and the power that was generated made me wonder how good this band would sound miked up on a big venue stage. The thought excites me no end. Their fast paced brand of hardcore / punk / thrash is perfection. Busy, endless riffing keeps each song as good as the last and the mid sections are just perfect for completing the tracks. This band can really go places. They have not long returned from two dates in Poland, with more foreign dates in the pipeline for next year with their new line up. The set flew by and at the end the band introduced their new line-up through new song ‘Bastardized ‘. A perfect end to a soaked Rhyl evening but I’m sure that all the people who braved the elements were not disappointed at all. Perfection.

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Photo by Rich Phillips


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About Sty

A patriotic Welshman, and one quarter of Manchester hardcore/punk band Eye Licker.