GIG REVIEW: Hey Colossus at Portsmouth The Loft.

With interest in their new album Four Bibles running high including a BBC 6 Music Session for Marc Riley just a week prior to this date yet again Southsea promoters Calamity Cratediggers and Honeymooner have brought the most exciting bands to the South West enticing London’s Hey Colossus to The Loft. The aptly dark, snug and very sweaty venue had been warmed-up nicely by three support bands, providing a the natural habitat for Hey Colossus. Hey Colossus formed back in in 2003, but with many a member change since we’re forever surprised by their diversity, to simplify things you can the band as indisputably a heavy rock act, but like all that pleases the ear they’re hard to pigeon-hole; the attentive audience at The Loft witnessed their broad musical repertoire in a 10 number set.


With guitarists lined-up two deep on The Loft’s cosy stage they charted from power chord heaven of album title track Four Bibles, through the intricate guitar work of Sisters and Brothers and ‘prog’-esque Black and Gold, to the punk-edged new un-released number Medal. Despite all this, their great current single Memory Gore still was the stand-out track, and could well
make it into some top 10 track lists for 2019!


Sporting a striped shirt, bad day at the office, bank manager’ look for the night, front-man Paul Sykes, provided an undeniably enigmatic focus for a powerful performance by the band. Chastising his microphone and sometimes the audience, his punk attitude lifts the Hey Colossus live impact beyond straight-forward heavy rock into something all the more interesting and curious. Labelled as ‘the root of all evil’ by Marc Riley last week, Hey Colossus seem to be the root of something far more enjoyable. The gig came to an end in a no-nonsense fashion……encores are so
last century anyway man.


Words David Murray