A Pyrrhic Victory
Fresh from their good showing at Download last month My Vitriol return to headline the Rocksound Tent at Guilfest; not surprisingly they easily pull the biggest crowd of the day.
The sound is a bit rough early on but it's certainly loud enough (which has been a problem on this stage throughout the day so far). The light show and the low, dark ceiling create a real club atmosphere and it certainly works in My Vitriol's favour. They showcase some new material tonight and it sounds great, the guitars sound massive, the choruses are big and sweeping and when coupled with strong vocals and driven verses from Som Wardner it all makes for an impressive show. Older song 'Grounded' gets an airing alongside the newer material and it's clear that the new line up (with Lauren replacing Carolyn on bass) is working well.
Despite their longevity My Vitriol continue to show the way to many newer and quite frankly inferior bands. Tonight they prove themselves worthy headliners and firmly put the rock back into indie with scything guitars, tight drumming and an impassioned performance. The crowd has been hard work all day and even My Vitriol struggle to get them animated but they do get a good reaction between songs.