Inglorious - Manchester Apollo, 24th January 2018

Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray

Deftly surfing the current wave of new British rock are Inglorious, a five piece outfit very much inspired by such luminaries as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Whitesnake. The fact that they are riding that crest so much better than many of their contemporaries is no real surprise. With two outstanding albums already under their collective belts, Inglorious find themselves as support band to American comedic rockers Steel Panther. They deliver a no-nonsense, self-assured performance that exudes flair and panache; a precursor that this fledgling band may well be ready to go toe-to-toe with the bigger names on the circuit.

The band arrive as their intro music nears its end (the theme to BBC’s Grandstand), and assume their positions on stage to a noisy and welcoming reception. Frontman Nathan James, in black trousers and black sequinned jacket, steps up to the mic and screams out an invitation to the crowd: ‘Manchester, let’s make some f*****g noise!", before going headlong into Read All About It, an unapologetic rocker that has the crowd punching the air and singing along from the off. 

Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray

Breakaway hurtles along at a rate of knots before proceedings are slowed considerably by the brilliant Change Is Coming, a mid-paced blues-tinged affair that allows Nathan to showcase his dynamic and powerful vocal range. Warning and Taking The Blame are next, with the latter including some fine Thin Lizzy-esque guitar harmony pairing. I Don’t Need Your Loving from their latest album hits you squarely between the eyes and leaves its soaring melodies and catchy chorus whirling around your brain for days. After Nathan thanks the crowd for turning up so early in the evening to see and support his band, the audience are treated to the magnificent slow-burner Holy Water, voted by Planet Rock listeners as the best British single of 2017.  The lamentably short set is brought to a resounding close with Until I Die, and the crowd, seemingly with many new converts in its midst, applaud and cheer as the band bid their final farewells and shuffle off stage. Tonight Inglorious were simply glorious...  




Enjoy the photo gallery below (click on each image to enlarge it) and the fan-filmed footage of the incredible track Until I Die.


Gary Gilmurray

Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit: Gary Gilmurray