The Serpent Power, Cut Glass Kings, Marvin Powell: The Magnet, Liverpool

The Serpent Power

The Serpent Power

Within the dark confines of The Magnet, Getintothis’ Lauren Jones found a psychadelic ‘hometown Halloween special’ from Mersey super-group, The Serpent Power.

Voodoo kings, The Serpent Power, spent the eve of Halloween shaking all they’ve got in a hypnotic range of spooky psychedelia. Rough and ready, The Magnet was the perfect setting for this kooky, Skeleton Key experience, there’s no telling what is lurking within those shadows.

A quaint set from one of Liverpool’s most enchanting songwriters, Marvin Powell provided a simple yet bewitching tone to the dimly lit facade. Stood with guitar in arms, Powell showcased new material along with old. New tracks such as Salt caught a lot of attention, acting as an escapism, almost wiping clean the sultry backdrop with its pure and refreshing sound.

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Brummie trio, Cut Glass Kings possessed a bit more bark than was expected. Dazzling in a crepuscular spotlight, they raised havoc with new track, Drifter, set for release on November 20. Hefty rhythms roared at the wide-eyed creatures looking at the stage, encapsulated in a daze of total isolation, it was a sad affair when they had to depart.

Suspense had been in the air all evening, everyone eagerly awaiting a taste of this year’s most wondrous offering, The Serpent Power. Strutting on stage, here they were. Embracing Halloween, Paul Molloy rocked a skeletal witch-doctor costume, whilst Ian Skelly donned a velveteen cloak, complete with a blood-red shirt, the backing band also partook with gorilla and werewolf masks.

Adding to the foreboding hysteria, they threw out tracks from their self-titled debut, favourites such as Lucifer’s Dreambox and Vampire for Your Love pulled the audience apart, mouths prised open by the ominous tone of the supernatural psych invasion.

The night certainly did not disappoint, perhaps a few exorcisms were required later on whilst we boogied on down to another sterling DJ set from James Skelly into the early hours, what a way to welcome in Halloween.

Pictures by Getintothis’ Glyn Akroyd.