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The Prohibition + Manis Parlo @ Pig and Fiddle


Manis Parlo shot by Andrew Dickens; from the left; Darragh Binchy, Jamie Watson, Alex Roberts & Daniel Hinton

Manis Parlo

This band has stayed close to their rock roots, whilst perfecting and fine tuning their sound since forming in 2017. Although folk rock inspired, they mix salty with sweet by fusing a singer-songwriter-like repertoire. Frontman Jamie Watson demonstrates a bold and raspy vocal, paired with charisma and charm – a very pleasurable performance. Parlo guitarist Alex Roberts has an articulate playing style, that he seamlessly provides to both genres the band embrace. The delicious hooks of songs such as ‘Wrong Side of the World’ is a testament to the high grade of composition this band portrays. As well as this, well executed harmonies from drummer Darragh Binchy tie these ear-catching choruses together with a bow. Their live sound as a whole is rich and boastful, and Alex’s guitar tone for this set sat perfectly in the mix for me. As a whole, Parlo deliver a refreshing take on clean rock and light-hearted summery jams.


The Prohibition; from the left; Sam Cother, Lloyd Mitchell, Megan Jones & Sam Showler

The Prohibition

Formed also in 2017, The Prohibition have always maintained their alternative rock meets dream pop sound. Their passionately dark aura on stage is matched well with their edgy and stylish aesthetic. Introducing front-woman Meg Jones’ haunting yet angelic voice, their first song 'Without the Thunder' is a tense but energetic number. On the drums, Sam Cother’s intricate playing style adds a biting and driven texture to this song. 'Icicles', the band’s debut single displays an eccentric and expressive performance from bassist Sam Showler. The Prohibition are wise to not limit their sound to just guitars, incorporating a melancholy and battle cry-esque piano piece in 'Dead Birds'; a refreshing but bitter contrast to the rest of their repertoire. New addition, Lloyd Mitchell adds a creative flair to each song, illustrated with his use of experimental guitar techniques and various pedals together to create ambience. 'Modern Chemicals' is an instant depiction of one of the bands’ main inspirations Wolf Alice, featuring an emotive and satisfying change from dark to light in the chorus. My particular favourite of this set was 'Out of Hiding', it’s meticulous and counteractive breakdown shows interesting and excellent composition from both Lloyd and Sam as they complement each other’s parts seamlessly. After watching this band grow over the last year and a half, this was by far my favourite performance of theirs; a promising and pragmatic approach to alternative rock.


The Prohibition live at Pig and Fiddle in Bath

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