Bethan Shuff

Arriving at The Full Moon for the first time since my first ever music journalism experience 18 months previous, I was already excited to return to where it all began. The venue has been given a new lease of life as a music venue and Core Promotions had an epic night of experimental rock for us.

First on stage was Mancunian three-piece Cosmic Shambles (technically four-piece if you include the giant skull with tinsel eyes that took centre stage). The bands versatility made light work of switching up between covers of Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Stooges and The Animals as well as introducing us to their own tracks with the funky riffs of Fly Away and their raunchier It’s All Over Now, their first and latest release as a band. The out-of-town band had managed to pull in a crowd from the streets of Newcastle-under-Lyme that just seemed to keep growing throughout the set.

Local lads Misovia opened the set with the mammoth seven minute track Untitled 5, which has become a bit of a signature opening for the band, and one that everyone remembers with its diverse and experimental explorations. Misovia continued the set with a further four tracks – collectively the tracks they played are what they are hoping to record for their debut EP, which range from the melodic Why Bother, the instrumental track that is yet to be named, and the progressive Retrospect. Together the band have enough pedals to open their own store, all of which are carefully selected for specific tracks to create the perfect tones and effects – I often wonder how they remember which pedal to press when, but they manage it with minimal effort while performing their high-energy sets fuelled by dirty riffs and complex drum fills.

Goya took their performance one step further, bringing in their own lights and light technician to project the perfect atmosphere for their dark and moody set. The strum of a guitar, alongside a streak of light behind guitarist, Jase, broke the darkness of the pitch black stage and the stillness of the band. Not a single word or lyric spoken, the instrumental trio captivated the audience with their innovative performance and compositions. For the most part, the set was choreographed so that the tracks almost rolled into one continuous song, holding the last note of one and sinking into the first note of the next. Both visually and instrumentally, Goya provided an interesting and conceptual performance which had the audience in complete trance.

Headlining the ‘Night Tripper’ night was Poliptik. After recently releasing their EP ‘In A Sense’, Poliptik have gigged relentlessly, and don’t look to be stopping any time soon. Their high-powered set had everyone on the dance floor grooving to their new music, and it wasn’t long before drummer, Ryan, was topless. Frontman John Blair is the kind of guy that’s friends with anyone and everyone, so between all the microphone swinging and loud, powerful vocals, John was down on the dance floor himself having a boogie with everyone that had come to see his band. Hearing the In A Sense EP live is a totally different experience to hearing the recorded and refined counterpart, their strong live performance of their psychedelic rock tracks are full of blood, sweat and tears and the band expends every ounce of energy they have to give it their all for their devout and ever-growing fan base.