There aren’t many better ways to spend a Friday night than with some beers, family and Motörhead tunes. After a few months of being postponed, the UK’s premier Motörhead tribute band – Motörheadache – are in town. The Cathouse has plenty of leather jacket-clad, beer-swilling punters in and the party is just about to begin.
The band coolly walk onstage as frontman Rob Campbell takes to the raised mic in full Lemmy fashion. Opening with thrashing classic “Iron Fist”, the crowd starts to bang with drink in hand. The set that follows is primarily classic Motörhead hits with the groove of “Stay Clean” and “Damage Case” keeping the party vibes going, and the raw energy of “We Are the Road Crew” and “Motörhead” sending hair flying and fists pumping.
Campbell nails the gravelly voice, and the sound overall represents the raucous rock ‘n’ roll noise that Motörhead made their signature. The vocals at times however, sound a little buried in the mix, though the crowd shouting along makes up for it. A highlight of the night is “Louie Louie” for sure, where Campbell invites some of the ladies in the audience up onstage to rock out. The feeling is echoed on the dance floor as bodies bop to those classic chords, and the drunken roars of “Louie o Louie, o-oh baby we gotta go, Ay ay ay, ay ay ay!” fill the room.
Ending the show with the unmissable duo of “Ace of Spades” and “Overkill”, Motörheadache make sure the Cathouse is well and truly rocked with thrashing riffs and good times. The spirit of Lemmy and co. lives on in Motörheadache, and the band truly show that the only way to feel the noise is when it’s good and loud.