Last Updated on March 5, 2023
Originally published in Beat Motel issue 6
I missed the first band, although apparently they only did one song then everything fell apart.
Sadly the second band wasn’t even in Ipswich let alone at the Drum & Monkey. But no matter, the band I was really here to see was Bossk. I’d heard rave reports since their last gig in Ippo and was gagging to get a first-hand gawp at the action this time round.
As soon as they started their set Bossk changed the mood of the room, their instrumental sound is sultry and down-tuned without sounding at all trad-metal or even morbid. When they were light they were uplifting and relaxing, when they were heavy they were enveloping and demanding but oddly comforting.
I was stunned by their sound and the whole set was only slightly spoilt by the hint of rock star bullshit attitude that the bassist was showing. I appreciate it was the end of the tour and they must all be exhausted but be nice!
Their set swirled to a massive climax and just when I thought it couldn’t get any more intense another guitarist leapt up on stage and some lad ran onto the stage and started vocals.
Immense, intense and a near religious experience. If you like Mogwai, Pelican, Red Sparowes and just about any heart-endingly heavy band then check out Bossk!
- Andrew Culture