WHO would think a band that sings songs about a giant ant could steal the show?
Of the four acts that took to the stage at The Fleece for the latest “best of Bristol” gig, Gargantuant were the most entertaining.
Second on the bill, they play proper old school 1970s heavy metal.
Lead by a rather charming Julian Barratt of the Mighty Boosh lookalike, they’re all about dressing in black and long hair.
If you like your riffs like a sledgehammer and your guitar solos epic you could certainly do worse.
The last song suggested a sense of humour that if not quite Spinal Tap certainly made them more interesting than most Sabbath wannabes.
A 10 minute epic, it tells the tale of their band name.
Whether the ‘giant ant overlord’ is a tribute to a certain Simpsons episode set in space sadly wasn’t made clear.
Next up were Jebo, who couldn’t be more different but with their middle-of-the-road sound were the least appealing of the night.
Headliners were indie five piece Wild Gulloots , who drew the biggest crowd on a quiet evening.
The name might suggest something exotic but this lot are straight out of 1995 Brit Pop.
Pure lads rock, solid and dependable, the most obvious comparison was Leeds band The Music.
The “best of Bristol” season – 88 local bands playing 21 gigs at The Fleece in three months – is a great idea.
But the diversity of this line up highlighted one of the problems. Going from heavy metal to wine bar band to Brit Pop is going to be difficult for many music fans to swallow.
It’s hard to imagine many people enjoying all three.
Given that many of these bands are not well known, it may be better in future to theme the nights according to genre instead.