Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes Storm the US with a raucous opening night set in support of Modern Ruin.

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes have been ripping up the UK for a while now, where their current album, the sublime Modern Ruin debuted in the top ten earlier this year.

Tonight, their first U.S. tour kicks off at the tiny Hi Hat in the Highland Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles, CA. Devoted fans fill the small venue and get plenty of up close moments as Frank and the Rattlesnakes play a fiery set that features both passion and pandemonium.

They set the tone of the evening early, opening their set with the raw attitude of “Primary Explosive” and continuing on with two more songs from 2015’s Blossom, “Trouble,” and “Juggernaut,” which feature Frank venturing into the crowd to sing while being held aloft on audience members’ hands.

They then showcase tracks from their new album, a more polished and melodic outing than previous releases, starting with “Modern Ruin,” and “Wild Flowers.” At this point, they encourage the crowd surfers, but only female ones, and admonish the audience to show respect for the women in attendance. The women go wild, and a frenzy of crowd surfing ensues.

The evening continues with energetic anthems such as “Lullaby,” “Vampires,” and “Snake Eyes,” with circle pits and crowd surfers breaking out frequently.

During the crowd-pleasing finale of “I Hate You,” guitarist Dean Richardson takes his turn in the crowd, ripping through intricate guitar work while being held aloft by the audience.

When brought back for an encore at the end of the night, Frank refuses to play unless the audience makes a circle pit around the entire dance floor. Good-natured mayhem follows and the audience is left with adrenaline pumping.

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes will be touring the US for the next month, intermingling festival appearances at Rock on the Range, Welcome to Rockville, and Carolina Rebellion with small club dates. Catch them if you can, it’s unlikely they will be playing venues this small again.

Culture Abuse open the show with an exuberant set of poppy punk tunes.  

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Event Date: 20-APR-2017

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Kathy is a freelance concert photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. Kathy started photographing bands in the early 80s, where she was a fixture on the L.A. rock scene. She returned to concert photography in 2011, starting Wicked Goddess Photography. She is editor-in-chief of Spice of Wickedness, and regularly contributes content to several sites, including Loudwire, Diffuser, and Find Your Seen. Kathy can be found on twitter @wickedgoddess.

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