Gnoomes / HY-Brasil Music Club, Bristol | 11th of March

Gnoomes / HY-Brasil Music Club, Bristol | 11th of March

Gnoomes turned a dreary, rainy Sunday into a night of psychedelic wonder on the corner of Clare Street in Bristol, at HY-Brasil Music Club, on 11th March.

Supported by Acid Plans and Altered Hours, the collective, sonic mishmash of neo-punk, shoegaze and electronic beats concluded in a dreamy set by the Russian group. For such a small stage, the bands’ capacities to extend their energy beyond the cramped performance space was very impressive.

Set in a spacious bar with an array of cocktails, craft beers and an intimate ‘secret room’ towards the back, Acid Plans kicked off the evening of live music. Loud, angry, echoey songs: think teenage angst translated into actual talent. It was a funny combination of Ratboyesque attitude (‘this song’s about the 90s…or something’), and genuinely good, fun music. The drummer’s captivating passion deserves extra merit – halfway through the set the audience were told he was suffering with a fever – that’s one way to sweat it out. And as for the lead singer running off stage just before the end of their last song, in what I thought was a clichéd attempt at rockstar negligence. Well, then I remembered he’d mentioned he’d had food poisoning for the whole weekend, so I think he can be let off for that one…

Altered Hours followed, a refreshing composition with a male and female combination lead. I didn’t quite get it at first, but maybe that was the point. Funky basslines, soaring guitars and a tambourine mixed with the grungey, punk vibe, and it worked well. This band know how to build up a song. It was a bit weird, but I think by the end they’d won the audience over.

This set the mood for Gnoomes. Their music is the kind that makes you wonder about life in the most pretentious sense of the phrase, accompanied by their spacey, rolling loops and epic techno sounds. The band shifted effortlessly from ethereal psychedelic that you’d want to soundtrack your life’s adventures, to fast, fizzy punk-rock which got everyone moving. Frontman Alex Pyankov was charismatic, but didn’t say much. I suppose this helped the audience (and band) in getting into their own headspace, but it would have been nice to have seen a bit more interaction with the crowd.

Gnoomes by Ella Faye

The songs do have a similar sound without much to distinguish between each one, but Maria stood out. The set was very guitar heavy, and the band seemed to go into their own trance, which emanated through the crescendos ending most songs. Ultimately, this is the kind of music that makes you want to watch the stars from on the beach and fall in love. It leaves you feeling euphoric, joyous and optimistically curious. Undoubtedly, their dreamy sound is captured much better live than from studio recordings, and I believe would suit festivals and open spaces even more. With some wavy backdrop visuals and a mellow colour aesthetic, Gnoomes could tackle bigger venues and continue their cosmic adventure onto greater destinations.

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