Later this evening marks my first gig of 2016 and the first time I’ve seen Potteries band Headpress live for a long time. Mixing hardcore with some death and thrash metal elements (forever to be unfortunately known as metalcore) and after listening to their most recent material, now with some very impressive Jamey Jasta like vocals. Headpress formed at the tail end of the last century, but took a near decade long hiatus, returning to the local scene in 2014. Latest release Image Of Atrocity is available on Spotify or you can pay whatever you want for it through their Bandcamp site.
The Rigger used to be the local rock club where your footwear would weld to the floor if you remained static for too long. Every town seemed to have the very same floor in at least one venue. I’m sure a flooring company specialised in this super sticky covering. Over recent years the place has cleaned up very nicely.
Saying that though, it’s been 14 months since I was last in there. Actually, during 2015 I only attended five shows within the North Staffordshire border. It’s not as if no one plays here, there are regular gigs, just very few that seem to appeal to me. But on the other hand would I like to see some one like Death Angel play here to a couple of dozen people? We are nowhere near the size of Manchester or Birmingham, but when you see some of the bands that roll into places like Buckley and Nuneaton, and I’ve seen some pitiful crowds in our West Midlands neighbours venue, it makes you wonder what is going on with the bookers here, or they do realise local crowds can be so apathetic?