Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes performing their Modern Ruin Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Wednesday 6th December 2017.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

If you are looking for a band with big guitar riffs and high energy then Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes was the perfect band as they brought passion and personality to the stage at Rock City last night. Formed by the former front man of Gallows And Pure Love, Frank Carter has managed to incorporate both hardcore punk and the alternative rock styling’s of his previous project.

From the second Carter swaggers on to the stage in a star printed hoodie, to the final moment where the band pose for a selfie with the crowd before leaving, Carter does not mess about. Erupting into opener Primary Explosive he was not taking any prisoners as he had the crowd instantly jumping around as he put on a performance that many of his contemporaries could only dream about.

Delivering a massive set which spanned their career, there were songs like Juggernaut and Vampires that both sounded absolutely massive. He leapt around the stage, lifting up lighting and going for a lap of the venue at one point, before climbing up onto a ledge and throwing himself into the crowd.

Hammering out his unique brand of sometimes visceral and often melodic punk rock, he punctuated the show with huge slow build tracks like Thunder and the epic Neon Rust. The beautiful Lullaby he said was written for his daughter before he delivered Wildflowers which he dedicated to the ladies in the venue, before asking women who had been too scared to crowd surf, to do just that, whilst also asking the men in the room to be respectful and to look after them. Soon the entire stage was covered with women of all ages, where he finished the song lost in a sea of his fans.

The finale of I Hate You was dedicated to one trouble maker who was suitably embarrassed, and after jumping around and covering the entirety of the stage from start to finish, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes finished on a high. To say that he and his band have a charismatic stage presence is an understatement. It’s hard to think of anyone in music who has the same level of compassion, energy and talent that this ginger punk and his band of rogues has, as they delivered what could count as one of the most exciting shows of 2017.