By Gig Scene Editgor Graham Chalmers
The headliners at tonight, Saturday’s Frightfest charity gig at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre promise to bring a wealth of experience from Europe’s top rock festivals to Knaresborough .
As well as a welter of local acts from Harrogate, Frightfest also sees impressive Leeds band Hawk Eyes coming to Henshaws.
This exciting live band recently released a new EP That’s What This Is on Fierce Panda records after joining System of a Down on tour.
Vocalist/guitarist Paul Asticksaid: “The System of a Down shows were incredible. You stand up there, there are thousands of people who haven’t paid to see you, don’t speak English and have no idea who you are - and they’re all expecting to be entertained!
“That’s a lot of pressure but it’s also a massive rush. Especially when members of SOAD are stood side of stage playing along!”
Formed in late 2004, Astick, guitarist Rob Stephens, bassist Ryan Clark and, at that point, Matt Reid on drums, Hawk Eyes originally built an impressive CV of indie releases with their post-Reuben blend of hardcore and metal.
An explosive, if not to say shouty, live band, they finally released their official debut album Ideas last year when Steve Wilson, the former drummer of Japanese Voyeurs and Dinosaur Pile-Up, also joined the line-up.
Hawk Eyes may have played a lot of big gigs and festivals since they emerged from Leeds’ DIY scene but they haven’t forgotten their roots.
Rob Stephens said: “Leeds has always had a genuine DIY attitude. We’ve been influenced by lots of Leeds bands such as Human Fly, These Monsters, The Grammatics, Blacklisters and more.”
After Saturday’s Knaresborough show, the always busy Hawk Eyes are supporting Coheed and Cambria on tour.
Taking place on Saturday, October 26, Frightfest has two stages: The Bottom of The Bottle Band Stage compered by DJ Trev starring headliners Hawk Eyes plus PseudoNympho, Oscilantern, PIPS, Set Sails and Red Ocean Nectar.
The Henshaws Horror Show Acoustic Stage features Biz Denton of Kasiuss, According To Eve, James Sant, Tom Peacock and After The Rain - plus horror movies.
Tickets are available from the venue and PEAR Records in Knaresborough and SPACE Vintage & Retro, 1 The Ginnel, Harrogate. Or telephone 01423 541888.