Black Spiders @ O2 Academy, Bristol – 14 April 2012

The 2012 Jägermusic programme is expected to reach millions of people. After the music tour the Jäger fleet will hit the road and appear at some of the country’s most popular festivals, including Download, Wireless, Hard Rock Calling, V, Leeds and Isle of Wight.

Tonight is the final show of this sell-out Jägermeister Music Tour extravaganza. A tour built around rock’s favourite tipple, with a big hitting line-up, and Jägermeister subsidising admission so fans can attend for just £5.00 .. it was always going to be worth a look.

With a local support opening each date of the tour, first up is Bristolian four-piece Turbowolf. Having spent several years developing their musical style in a series of UK tours and shows, this is a truly original mammoth rock band, armed with some furious psychedelic punk grooves. An astonishingly dirty, snarling, set of weirdness and fun is played tonight, but unfortunately I only made it into the venue for the second half.

Sheffield’s Black Spiders gained early positive reviews in the rock press, with Kerrang! and Classic Rock listing them as “ones to watch”. Since this time they have gone on to play numerous high profile support shows and festival appearances. Tonight, the Bristol crowd is rocked for 30 minutes, from set opener ‘Stay Down’ as they tear through tracks from the debut album ‘Sons of the North’.

Highlights from a solid, self-assured performance is a rambunctious version of the hilarious ‘Kiss Tried To Kill Me’ and the tongue-in-cheek ‘Just Like A Woman’ which includes an audience shout-along of “Fuck you Black Spiders!”. A very ‘Bad News’ moment, proving the fun factor of the band, and ensuring they win over anybody who is not already a fan.

Top stuff from Black Spiders to tide us over well, before angst ridden favourites Therapy? and headliners Skindred bring it on.

Review & Photography: Steve Johnston