21st May 2005. The Fucking Champs. support by French Toast. Hare & Hounds. Kings Heath. Birmingham. £7.00.

A mate of mine had read a write up in The Metro of all places on The Fucking Champs. They sounded unique.

French Toast a French duo put on a great warm up set. A band worth checking out.

The Fucking Champs looked art school Alt US material but played music that reeked “I love Heavy Metal”. Riff heavy with practically no vocal the trio began rocking out in a way i’d not seen before. Dead pan quality musicians the crowd began to get into it. After about 4 tracks the crowd were fully on side. I doubt if many attending had heard their hard to track down CDs.

They have quite a big back catalogue and are a band well worth investigating. At one stage the drummer stopped drumming and too started playing guitar. The riffery was awesome. So good they must be classically trained. At the end of the set they held their guitars up above their heads – as in worship the guitar a silly but inspiring sight. You have to see this band live should they grace the UK again. Check out the crowd baying for more in this video. Exactly like the Kings Heath gig. Like rock gods do – they ignored the encore call. Legendary!

You HAVE to check out this video! It has the staccato and the Guitar Love at the end. Practically an alt Sky!

Moody, funny, metal and high-brow and arty all at the same time….

QUALITY…

Rate 9 out of 10.

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