More Than Conquerors, hailing from Belfast, are a band that I’ve been a big fan of for a few years now and I’ve been dying to see them live since I first discovered them. Unfortunately, illness and injury have held me back in the past, but now I was unhurt and fresh as a daisy, I finally had the opportunity to head down and witness them on stage at Nice N Sleazy.
But before that, local acoustic musician Tommy Reilly kicked off the proceedings, and I was thoroughly impressed by him. Even though he was a little nervous, he had the attention of all in attendance transfixed on him and he played a set of nice tunes, with the highlight undoubtedly being his dual cover with MTC frontman, and good friend, Kris Platt of Ryan Adams’ Oh My Sweet Carolina. All in all, I enjoyed him and I’ll be making sure to catch him at another show soon.
Now it was time for More Than Conquerors themselves to take to the stage – with Kris donning an ass-kissing “Glasgow: Pure Dead Brilliant” T-shirt – and safe to say, they were awesome. From the get go, they hooked everyone in the uncharacteristically-mobbed-for-a-Sunday-night venue. The whole band displayed a great live presence, and the guitar, bass and drum work was all fantastic. For me, it was so good to hear tunes from the Everything I’ve Learnt album live, including Jaw, When The Well Runs Dry and Pits of Old, but undoubtedly the highlight had to be their performance of Bear Knuckle Fight which really got the crowd going. Finishing up with their latest single Red and a brand new tune titled Human Nature for an encore, they had put on a smashing live show which, after waiting the longest time to finally witness, did not disappoint in the slightest.