The Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster, The Sugarmill, 21/05/2010

The air is humid, apparently it’s the hottest day of the year so far, but that didn’t deter any devoted fans from making it to The Sugarmill on Friday.

For it’s the night that the surreal rockers, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster took to the stage, and lucky for us they were on top form.

The band is referred to as a psychosis rock band, a genre that you couldn’t imagine sitting well with the usual Friday Indie sorts, but there was something different in the air.

Students, local bands, Goths, geeks, mums, dads and even BBC Subculture made it down to see them. And the primary reason? Guy McKnight. The oddest frontman known to the world.

McKnight feels music like nobody else on earth. Bass resonates from his rolling eyeballs, riffs drip from his sweat drenched locks, and the beat of the drums shake his body to the core, like a caged devil waiting to explode from hell.

Between songs he drifts in and out of the crowd, as well as jumping on the speakers, to seemingly engage the crowd in the worlds most uncomfortable staring contest.

Mix this with two cool guitarists who look like they’re trying to out rock each other, and a bassist who looks like he stepped straight out of a poker match with Huey Morgan, and you’re some way into understanding what to expect at one of the band’s gigs.

Packed with fan favourites such as Celebrate Your Mother, Psychosis Safari and Mister Mental, the band also played new material including their new single Love Turns To Hate.

By Lyndsey Oliver

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