Velociraptor – “Earth’s Mightiest Band” A tornado/explosion hybrid of energy… A I-can’t-keep-up-with-how-many-members-are-in-this-band…Tonight there’s 7 of them, and they tore The Newtown Social Club to shreds.
Journey’s ‘Anyway You Want It’ is blaring through the PA, kicking the epic-ness into gear for the evening. A small section of the crowd start their warm up, belting out the chorus while throwing their limbs in various outward directions.
George takes his place on drums, bashes out the beat, and the crowd shouts with excitement. Yuri joins him on bass for a few rounds of the riff and the rest of team raptor pile on stage. Front man Jeremy Neale wails as the crowd erupts into wild moves that would make a passer by seasick – he’s got one of the best howls in the biz and his dance moves could see him take the top spot on SoYouThinkYouCanDance.
With energy at full force they blast into a few “old bangers”. ‘Hey Suzanne’ and ‘Riot’ turn the crowd mental, the room bounces with all the commotion and I’m hoping we don’t fall through the floor.
Raptors and punters yell harmoniously… They morph into a slow breakdown while Neale clambers on top the kick drum, chatting away before leaping off it and leading us back into their delectable raucous mess.
They’re tight, and the connection between them is hilarious. Neale explains his struggle with the opening of the next song so they continuously shoot notes at him from various instruments. He animatedly swats them away with his hands and launches into ‘Walk On By.’
George and Jeremy trade places for ‘Do The Ruby.’ His screams rip through the speakers and the room lets loose to the shuffle beat and the surf rock, wall of guitar sound. I see a couple awkwardly swing dancing out the corner of my eye.
Returning to the front of the stage, we’re informed “We’ve got some tricks up our sleeves…! You want the hits, but you’re gonna have to stick around – for now here’s the b-sides… That’s a good marketing plan!”
We’re treated to a bunch of new tracks off their debut record, including ‘Robocop,’ ‘The Right To Call You,’ ‘Monster Mash,’ ‘Leaches,’ ‘One Last Serenade’ featuring an appearance by BLOODS’ Sweetie Zamora, and the latest single ‘Sneakers’ where a few guys in the audience literally took off their sneakers and hurled them round in the air while holding onto the laces.
A full-blown mosh pit with mini death circle develops for the return of hits ‘Cynthia’ and ‘Scientists,’ and there’s a stage invasion for ‘Ramona’ – Sweaty hugs all round as band and fans combine as one.
Velociraptor captivated the room with their unwavering energy and diverse instrumental skillset. They are the bees-knees, a slam-dunk, and a must see – I’m well rapt
Pick up a copy of their self-titled debut album now, through iTunes.