The Warning @ Manchester Academy 2 review – Mexican sibling trio prove that music transcends language

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The evening begins with American rock band Conquer Divide, a powerful all-female band who pack a punch with firm stage presence and intense vocals. Lead singer Kiarely Taylor, and touring vocalist Madison Moon, share vocal duties that weave and blend together on stage as Moon’s screams layer with Taylor’s clear vocals.

‘N E W H E A V E N’ is a standout, as Taylor enters the photo pit and the band gets the crowd clapping along while singing the anthemic chant of “I need a new heaven for heaven’s sake.”

Mexican trio The Warning soon enter the stage to roaring screams. The Warning formed in 2013, when the youngest member was only nine-years-old. The Villarreal Velez sisters; guitarist/vocalist Dany, bassist Alejandra and drummer/vocalist Paulina, make up the band. 

From the get-go, they show a clear level of connection and compatibility that exists exclusively with siblings.They begin with ‘S!CK’, a single off their new album, due for release in June. Mixing in songs of their native Spanish and fluent English, the girls impress the predominantly older audience with a presence akin to rock band The Bangles, another ‘sister act’.

Youngest sister, Alejandra, has an alluring stage presence which gives off a maturity well beyond her 19 years, dropping low with her bass in a smooth fashion. Middle sister, Paulina, is high-energy from her facial expressions alone, impressively showing off her drumming skills and simultaneous vocal ability. Oldest sister. Dany, gels the group together with her growly vocals and impressive guitar riffs, which gets their own solos throughout.

Newest single, ‘Automatic Sun’, showcases Dany’s vocal range and includes fast, deep bass beats and drum hits. Paulina’s vocals really shine on ‘DISCIPLE’, as she stands up behind her drum kit to ensure she’s seen by all, making a powerful impression as she does so.

Tonight’s crowd are open-minded and in return, receive a positively powerful live show. Bands like The Warning show how music transcends language and proves that as long as your music speaks to people, there is admiration and appreciation from those who resonate with it.

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