I wasn’t positive what to anticipate from Berries as I walked into the murky entrance approach at Gorilla Manchester. This stark bruiser of a venue with its arched corrugated metal roof proved the right venue for the band.
This was a heavy blast of crunching and spiky guitar traces layered with melodic hovering vocals and harmonies. You may think this to be a darkish or indignant expertise however removed from it as amongst the angular guitar was a considerate however uplifting stance extra geared toward how we’d overcome adversity or our personal private psychological well being struggles. So there’s a optimistic power radiating from the stage as Berries scintillate the group.
They have been right here to advertise their debut album ‘How We Operate’, out in the present day by way of Xtra Mile Recordings. It took them 4 years to make it and quite a lot of thought has gone into the document.
“The album is about energy and progress and recognising the darkish instances and the way you recover from that. We’ve acquired over quite a lot of psychological well being struggles, however we needed [the album] to have an empowering vibe to it as properly. That is our journey to progress. Psychological well being shouldn’t be a shadow over what you’re doing — that is actually wholesome and we are able to discuss extra about these items.”
The band have been right here as help for Jim Bob ex Carter the Unstoppable Intercourse Machine and, as is the way in which, they needed to by some means promote themselves to a really partisan and older viewers primarily assembled in readiness for the primary act. Berries although, by some means by way of a combination of bigging up Jim Bob and their very own mastery of heavy guitar traces managed to get the group onside. By the top, the viewers had actually warmed to the band and rightly so.
BERRIES – UK DATES
23 – Oxford, O2 Academy 2 *
24 – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2 *
25 – Bournemouth, Outdated Fireplace Station *
26 – London, Islington Meeting Corridor *
* w/ Jim Bobo
Berries debut album ‘How we Operate’ is out now on all providers HERE