Bands come and go, some leave a mark on people, and then some bands are Aiden. It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since ‘Nightmare Anatomy’ was unleashed, and it is pretty bitter sweet that Will Francis has opted to end Aiden in the UK playing that album in full. We were lucky enough to be invited out to see Aiden in Birmingham, as The Last Sunrise Tour rolled through the Midlands.
Opening the night were a local support act, who unfortunately due to us being deep in a lengthy interview with Will, (read it in the next issue of Vulture Hound Magazine) we missed even the name of, and were already finishing up their set when we walked in. Never Found are out on their first UK tour, and taking the opportunity to play in front of the eager crowds waiting for Aiden in their stride. The young horror punks are doing things the right way, by first and foremost having fun. For a young band the focus shouldn’t be on “making it”, it should be about taking chances and enjoying yourself, and Never Found seem to have this sorted.
Ashestoangels have a long history with Will Francis, and were also heavily involved in the planning and promoting of The Last Sunrise Tour. If you were able to bottle the charisma and enthusiasm of front man Crilly, you could probably buy yourself a yacht or something. Ashestoangles are an over the top bundle of fun, with some pretty darn tunes. That being said, covering ‘Ziggy Stardust’ is a no go for any band- let alone at the minute- and this dampened the set a little.
Setting the scene for Aiden‘s appearance of stage, the sounds of Frank Sinatra play over the PA system and the band finally emerge onto the stage. Starting off with a few tracks from across their time, Will then announced that the band will be playing ‘Nightmare Anatomy’ in full and so it begins! It’s sad to see such a brilliant live band call it a day, but with side-project or now, main project: William Control, waiting in the wings; it certainly isn’t the last of Will Francis. In Birmingham Aiden rolled back the years, and brought back the heyday of Horror Punk.
The sun has set, RIP Aiden.