Tonight at the Old Angel is the launch of In Isolation’s new single, Virus. Nottingham’s gothic godfathers are joined by fiery young upstarts Rescued By Wolves.
Rescued By Wolves outshine all others with their shimmering, viscera-fuelled anthemics. Aptly named, their sound is a hypnotic shoe-gazey haze carried along in the teeth of something quite fierce. With Chief Bromden from ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ on bass, their performance is a successful balancing act between hard grunge vigour and post-punk restraint. With a growl akin to Vex Red matched with …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’s ear for stoner-rock melodies, Rescued By Wolves are howling at the moon with their eyes on the prize. After Amusement Parks On Fire sweeping the airwaves with Swimming soon to follow, I daresay that after a bit more time at the drawing board Rescued By Wolves will stand tall amongst the pack of Nottingham’s alt-finest.
There’s something quite problematic with another wave of New Wave – it’s all been done before. It’s an obstacle that the likes of White Lies and such have embarrassingly failed to overcome. In Isolation, however, bring a touch of genuine gothic to the proceedings. The menacing shadow and sneer of Billy Idol is cast over the tight-knit guitar intricacies of Gang Of Four, and the result borders on dance-ability. In Isolation aptly combine the regal misery of Kitchens Of Distinction with soaring, star-reaching pop ambition. Drenched in haunting 1980s synth, the band successfully bring elements of the old into the new with hook-laden guitar work and infectious, driving drums. Black clad frontman Ryan Swift deftly wraps his articulate new-romantic tongue around is bandmates’ cold, dark blend of stadium-sized anti-euphoria. They’ve ploughed the depths of yesterday, let’s just hope tomorrow is theirs.
In Isolation and Rescue By Wolves played at the Old Angel on Friday 4 December 2009.