Venue: Fibbers, York
Date: 21 May
More than anything else, the crowd is usually a good indicator of the kind of gig you’re expecting – apparently there’s a school disco on tonight at Fibbers and a few of the teachers may even be Metallica fans, who knows. Supported by hyperactive children singing indie-pop covers, followed by a decidedly mediocre Gallagher doppelganger and his blur of instrument-playing men, the crowd is not exactly ideal for an all-girl Metallica tribute band and I am truly disheartened. Where are all the Hetfield beards, beer bellies and head bangers? Why have they forsaken me?
Apparently, a lot is down to some very confused advertising. Regardless, unlike their other UK shows York doesn’t exactly show Misstallica the reception they deserve – which is a chorus of pumping fists, swirling hair and nostalgic growling. “Who likes old Metallica?” snarls Gina-James Gleason-Hetfield to all 15 of us. Well, we do and so do most fans, which is what makes Misstallica so much better – only playing tracks from the first four ‘tallica albums, the Paul Green’s School of Rock graduates display musical prowess and fine taste.
In spite of the crowd, the first few twangs of ‘Battery’ are delicious and whip up an electric atmosphere that seemed previously impossible to create. From those opening strums to the closing thumps of ‘Master of Puppets’ Gina’s fierce growl and even fiercer playing do not go amiss with Courtney’s flawless solos, Teddi’s effortless bass and Kaleen’s tight drumming. Squint and it could be the late 80s – Misstallica need no frills and offer up ‘tallica tracks in their freshest and everyone’s favourite form. Metallica tribute or not, this Philadelphian foursome is undoubtedly a force of metal to be reckoned with.