It was a mostly packed house at Spicoli’s Reverb Live Music and Bar Arcade as Jinjer with special guests The Browning and Sumo Cyco took the stage on this beautiful fall evening. We were scrambling to get into the venue, and the location was just right for a great metal show.
We got in just in time to see Sumo Cyco do their thing, they had a nice cover of “B.Y.O.B.” by System of a Down, and they were overall pretty decent live, they won us over with how they interacted with their fans. My daughter got to meet them and they complimented my daughter on her ballerina dress, they treated her so well, and for that we will always remember Sumo Cyco.
The Browning, out of Kansas City, were the next band to take the stage. The Browning got the crowd moving, pulling off several circle pits in the packed club. The frontman had so much energy that people were feeding off of the love and energy that the band gave them. Their sound would absolutely make an impact in a larger club setting, but with how the club was built, the techno/house music didn’t really translate that well in Spicoli’s. This is in no fault to the band, it’s just the sound didn’t really blend in, in fact it kind of sounded like a hollow echo. People got down with their energy, case in point, the song “Carnage”, sounded like if death metal and disco had a baby. The song “Pure Evil” had by far the best crowd participation. Their energy was so infectious you couldn’t help but get into it.
I was expecting a more ominous intro from the already legendary band out of Ukraine. It sounded like Jinjer came out to some type of Benny Hill theme song, then it suddenly kicked into “Teacher, Teacher”. The sound was absolutely sick! What vocalist Tatiana Shmailyuk can pull off with singing like a beautiful angel one second and sounding absolutely demonic the next second left the Waterloo audience absolutely spellbound. Fans could not keep their eyes off of her as she commanded the stage like she owned the venue. Roman Ibramkhalilov brought even more power to the night with his ridiculous guitar tones, how he can sound brutal and in the next measure, he brings about those ridiculous harmonics. Eugene Abdukhanov and Vladislav Ulasevish brought it down with their rhythm section. The crowd went nuts when Tatiana sang “I smile to you” towards the end of the song.
“Sit Stay Roll Over” brought about some sick breakdowns. The audience could simply not get over how tight Jinjer was in their musicianship. Roman really shined in his guitar solo. Just moments like that made you yell “holy shit”. The crowd embraced their new songs off of “Macro”, especially when they played “Pit of Consciousness”. They treated the crowd to an encore with “Pisces”.
Jinjer put on the best show that Spicoli’s had ever put on. They need to write a book on how to have tempo changes go seamlessly in their music and they just put on a total fucking clinic live.
Jinjer has a bunch of European gigs coming up. Check out their gig dates below:
Fri. 11/8- Bingo in Kiev, Ukraine
Sat. 11/9- Klub Hybrydy in Warsaw, Poland
Sun. 11/10- Pralnia in Wroclaw, Poland
Tue. 11/12- beatpol in Dresden, Germany
Wed. 11/13- MeetFactory in Praha, Czech Republic
Thu. 11/14- Lido Berlin in Berlin, Germany
Fri. 11/15- Pumpehuset in Kobenhavn, Denmark
Sat. 11/16- Muzikcentrum in Hannover, Germany
Sun. 11/17- Knust in Hamburg, Germany
Tue. 11/19- Kulturfabrik Asbl Cultural Centre in Esch-sur-alzette, Luxembourg
Wed. 11/20- Das Bett in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Thu. 11/21- Hellraiser in Klein Leipzig, Germany
Fri. 11/22- Alte Brauerei e.V in Annaberg-buchholz, Germany
Sat. 11/23- Gebaude 9 in Koln, Germany
Sun. 11/24- Zeche Bochum in Bochum, Germany
Tue. 11/26- Poppodium Q-Factory in Nieuw-amsterdam, Netherlands
Wed. 11/27- Dynamo in Eindhoven, Netherlands
Thu. 11/28- Zappa in Antwerpen, Belgium
Fri. 11/29- Heaven in Little London, United Kingdom
Sat. 11/30- The Asylum Bar and Venue in Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sun. 12/1- Kings Hall at the Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Tue. 12/3- Manchester Academy in Manchester, United Kingdom
Wed. 12/4- Thekla in East Mud Dock, United Kingdom
Fri. 12/6- La Machine du Moulin Rouge in Paris, France
Sat. 12/7- Chateau Rouge in Annemasse, France
Sun. 12/8- Le Rex de Toulouse in Toulouse, France
Tue. 12/10- Garaje in Murcia, Spain
Wed. 12/11- Mon Madrid in Madrid, Spain
Thu. 12/12- Sala Boveda in Barcelona, Spain
Fri. 12/13- Omega Live in Toulon, France
Fri. 12/13- Zenith Omega in Toulon, France
Sat. 12/14- Legend Club in Milan, Italy
Sun. 12/15- Dynamo Saal in Zurich, Switzerland
Mon. 12/16- Backstage Werk in Munchen, Germany
Wed. 12/18- Dom im Berg in Graz, Austria
Thu. 12/19- Simm City in Vienna, Austria
Fri. 12/20- Tvornica Kulture in Zagreb, Croatia
Sat. 12/21- Majestic Music Club in Bratislava, Slovakia
Sun. 12/22- Barba Negra in Budapest, Hungary
Thu. 3/5- Max Watt’s in Melbourne, Australia
Fri. 3/6- Manning Bar in University of Sydney, Australia
Sat. 3/7- The Zoo in Fortitude Valley Queensland, Australia
For tickets and further information on any of the shows listed above, click here.
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- Photo Credit: Amber Lyons Photography