Nine times out of ten, you’ll always get a buzz after witnessing a live music show. But sometimes there’s a rare gig that appears out of nowhere and hits you right in the feels – to the point you have to run to the merch stall at the end of the night. Needless to say, Scalping’s sold out EP launch at Crofters Rights earlier this month was one of those gigs. And trust me when I say it, I’ve got the new vinyl to prove it.
sometimes a rare gig that appears out of nowhere and hits you right in the feels
Crofters were lucky to witness the sold-out home performance from the local post-punk and electronica mergers, in celebration of their debut EP Chamber, released earlier this month. To support, Scalping invited Bristol based Cruelty and trap-bending masters, Kinlaw & Franco Franco to join them in an evening of genre-busting styles and a hallucinatory AV set to accompany.
Cruelty didn’t hold back as they thrashed their way through their set delivering raw bass riffs, fast-hitting drums and a layer of industrial drone nois
To open the night, Cruelty didn’t hold back as they thrashed their way through their set delivering raw bass riffs, fast-hitting drums and a layer of industrial drone noise, to keep listeners on their toes. The front singer’s dramatic stage presence may have stirred a few side glances from audience members as he crouched on the stage floor for what felt like an age, but the bands hectic yet romantic behaviour won the crowds attention throughout the entirety of their set.
Kinlaw & Franco Franco took to the stage shortly after Cruelty to deliver another change of pace for the evening. The cybortic industrial rap duo showcased their ultimate genre-bending set, mashing together trap, Gameboy sound effects and dramatic beats, whilst drawing similarities to the likes of Death Grips and even Madlib’s alter ego Quasimoto.
drawing similarities to the likes of Death Grips and even Madlib’s alter ego Quasimoto
Finally, it was Scalping’s turn to take to the stage for their headline set. People talk about attending a Scalping gig as a one in a million-experience due to their live audio-visual show, and they are not wrong. The wall of sound from the band captivated the entire crowd as they stood in awe to watch silhouettes of the band rock out in front of the brilliantly hypnotic visuals.
The Bristol-based band closed the night playing music from their debut EP, whilst demonstrating their heavy guitar riffs and infectious polyrhythmic combo.
Photo by Simon Holliday