Every band has a gift. Some have great songs, some are great at making new fans and others are great at breaking things. Saturday the 9th February at Ashford’s Platform 5 saw all these talents. Tank Trap & Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers filled the music venue with energy and sound. One of the first gigs since the venues brush with closure, the night showed why Platform 5 is so pivotal to Ashford’s music scene.
As the night’s music began the four members of Tank Trap emerged from the crowd and took to the stage. Tank Trap brought their style of blues rock to Ashford. Showing their many talents front man Ian Day revealed a new one. The ability to break any mic just by touching it. One by one he fearlessly slayed mics like they were marauding dragons until he made peace. A harmonica down Tank Trap were still able to deliver tight and well played songs. Well received by the audience Tank Trap played classics like My Animal as well as tracks from their new E.P and even a brand new song. One member of the audience was moved so much he began to mosh. Throughout the set Tank Trap proved why they have such a strong reputation across Kent and London venues.
Following this were Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers. Their special skill was making friends, and they made one friend in particular. Thumbscrew & his barbers played to a crowd of new faces and fans as they unleashed some potent punk into the room. Favouring one particularly offensive C word Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers whipped up the crowd as more moshing and rhythmic moving occurred. The Flicknife Barbers played tightly as Thumbscrew delivered vocals in distorted punk perfection. The band proved their popularity as they played songs that managed to draw the audience in even further, getting them to participate. Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers managed to bring the night to a big close with big songs and spectacle. Find free music from them on their band page.
See both the bands live! Whilst playing two different styles of music both Tank Trap & Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers made the night memorable in all the best ways. They left your ears ringing in the morning, so you know their good. This was just another of the great gigs that happen at Platform 5. See below for a link to all the nights photography.