Recently signed to Lost Woods Records, Psychoanalysis are a melodic death metal band from Dunfermline.
Psychoanalysis are unapologetically brutal; each song on their EP has absolutely earth-shattering sound yet they manage to sound incredibly melodious without softening the blow.
There’s nothing quite as good as feeling your heart pumping with the sheer excitement of listening to a new band and Psychoanalysis make this feeling very apparent almost instantaneously. It’s a dramatic EP and has the kind of riffs comparable to In Flames.
The band have seized their tight musicianship, solid strong writing abilities, volatile vocals, frenzied riffs and passionate drumming and squeezed it all into their EP ‘In Transcience’. It’s a great EP that leaves you absolutely thirsting for more.
It’s ten minutes since the doors opened for Mayhem Underground and already the atmosphere is excitable and positive. Everybody seems pleased to be here, bands are mingling and bantering. I can already sense that tonight will be an absolute success: The Vale is packed.
What’s The Damage are the first band to play, they’re a lot more confident, they’re excited to be here and their set sounds promising. Opening song ‘Overthrow’ is a great way to kick off the first ever Mayhem Underground night. Unfortunately, What’s The Damage?! aren’t working to their own standards, there are a few technical glitches, the band aren’t in sync and despite their attempts at laughing it off, there is obvious tension on stage when guitarist Dominic struggles to play one of their oldest songs, Daggers.
Despite this unfortunate turn of events, What’s The Damage have still managed to perform quite well, a great sign of great showmen is carrying on after there have been such problems. They played their new song ‘Golden Silence’ perfectly, it is definitely one of their best songs, fantastic chord progression. It is the kind of song you can imagine a crowd chanting along to at a bigger gig.
What’s The Damage blast into ‘Shadows’ and reminded their fans exactly why they are so good, this song is their masterpiece, it’s Cannibal Corpse meets decent melodies. There is a perfect relationship between every instrument, What’s The Damage are fantastic songwriters and Shadows is a great example of their abilities, a song they should always work from.
All week What’s The Damage have been hinting at a ‘special cover song’ that they were going to do. Everybody is pretty excited to find out what this song could be, all bets are on. Some people think it could be Rebecca Black’s song ‘Friday’ others have suggested it could possibly be Lady Gaga. When the time finally comes, the band announce that some members will be changing instruments: Tom on bass, Rob on vocals and Darren on drums. Finally, we were all told what the song would be. A Napalm Death cover. It was basically just a two second roar, the crowd was amused and tensions between band members seemed to ease slightly.
The What’s The Damage?! Guys finished their, at times, tumultuous set with fantastic finalé ‘dreams’, one of their best songs. They left the stage not entirely happy but at least knowing that they are capable of better.
What’s The Damage?!’s not-so-great performance didn’t deter the crowd’s high spirits at-all and the reception to Let’s Play God was exceptionally high as they walked on stage.
Let’s Play God’s opener was dramatic, tight and front-man/vocalist Rob Grinch has the audience’s attention almost instantly, he has fantastic charm, not too cocky but can definitely hold his own on stage, he has a great sense of humour and knows how to reach into the very heart of a Glaswegian crowd.
It’s hard to fairly critique a band that don’t put a foot out of place at any point, they absolutely suck in every member of the audience including myself. With Let’s Play God, there’s no whining, no half-arsed efforts, this band are METAL and they are very serious about what they do. There’s nothing missing here, one of the best bands I have ever seen in my life, what an honour.
Let’s Play God have everything a good band requires apart from a record label. They are the very definition of why Mayhem Underground is important today, they are so incredibly talented, they’re tight and they are so deeply in love with what they do. Every song is entirely full of attitude, fantastic riffs, actually, everything you’d want. I can’t fault them, not even lyrically, this band are absolutely outstanding. Anybody and everybody I’ve spoken to about this band has nothing but respect and praise for them. Incredible.
During their third song of the night, ‘Force Fed’, a circle pit was started: an incredible feat for an unsigned band in a venue which can hold less than 100 people. Let’s Play God are destined for great things. Just when you think you know them, know their sound, what they’re about, they pull something else out the bag.
Think Fear Factory meets Metallica meets your best ever night out and you may very well have Let’s Play God. They dominate the stage and the crowd’s attention. Their songs are completely full to the brim, no instrument is lacking. Even the lyrics are ballsy, gutsy- this band NEEDS to be in a bigger venue.
'Faded' is the second-to-last song of the night and as the band take a second to refresh themselves the crowd starts chanting 'LPG, LPG, LPG!', the band look slightly amazed but take it all in their stride. The crowd absolutely loves them, I love them and am slightly upset that they'll be going off-stage soon. Let's Play God are a band worth seeing time and time again.
Nothing can be said about Scarcinogen that hasn’t already been said. An enormously fantastic band to watch, Scarcinogen’s love for music, their passion, it all shines through in their music. An undoubtedly fantastic band that have metal in their blood.
'Born to do this' is a cliché but with Scarcinogen, it couldn't be more true.
At one point, the vocalist separated the crowd in two and demanded a wall of death. It was the first time I’d seen him really get a crowd going but considering this is one of Scarcinogen’s first gigs, he obviously has a lot of potential as a front-man. Watch this space.
By the end of the night, Scarcinogen’s crowd may have been small but it was mighty and was all the proof Scarcinogen needed that they shouldn’t ever stop doing what they are doing. While I’d never describe them as perfect, Scarcinogen play to the same calibre who have been around for three, four, five times longer than them. They ended the night with a bang, perfect way to end such a successful night.
Tonight has been, Mayhem Underground will be as much about music as it is about creating a community. It has been a fantastic experience and the metal scene can only benefit from these nights. It’s more than just another gig, it’s an experience that we’ll all take away with us.
It’s been beautiful to watch bands support and respect each other. It’s already like private universe in this room. The night couldn’t have gone better. Mayhem Underground is a fantastic concept and Chris Clarke is an absolute genius for putting this into motion. Everybody has said they feel honoured to be part of something so amazing and I’m no exception.
What’s The Damage!? photo courtesy of Lauren Millar.
Based in LA, Vintage Trouble typify the original bluesy rock & roll sound. Wanting to combine a love of traditional soul and rhythm & blues, vocalist Ty Taylor and guitarist Nalle Colt formed the group. The additions of Rick Barrio Dill on bass and Richard Danielson on drums gave the band their authentic and modern edge.
Their intentions and influences are clear right from the beginning of debut album The Bomb Shelter Sessions, starting with opener Blues Hand Me Down. The album is full of blues hooks, syncopated drum rhythms and improvised vocal bursts, all typical blues characteristics. Ty Taylor’s vocal is enticing with his raspy and charismatic edge. The bands raw energy and enthusiasm shines throughout the album, even in slower more lyrical tracks such as Not Alright By Me.
There is a perfect mix of upbeat and softer tracks showcasing the bands talents in both areas. The album is truly a joy to listen to and with glowing live reviews, the band are certainly one to watch.
A little insight to some of the bands i haven’t been able to stop playing in the past few weeks…
The fact that Ginger is now playing in the Michael Monroe band has a lot to do with me not being able to turn them off in the past few weeks. I have always been a fan of The Wildhearts, they are one of those groups i come away from and go back to every now and then, but they have always been a fantastic band. Fave tracks: TV Tan, Welcome to Shitsville, My Baby is a Headfuck
Mother Love Bone
Mother Love Bone are the band that Pearl Jam were born out of, lesser known but 100 times better in my opinion. Sadly brought to an early demise due to the premature death of lead singer Andrew Wood from a heroin overdose. They were destined for fantastic things, its a shame they never made it. Fave tracks: This is Shangrila, Crown of Thorns, Stardog Champion
Static in Stereo
One of the former bands of Todd Kerns, now of Sin City Sinners and bassist for Slash’s solo band, Static in Stereo released one album back in 2002. They were formed after the break up of Kerns previous band Age of Electric. Really great album with some brilliant tracks. Fave tracks: Blow Up Doll, Supershock, No Reply
They need no introduction at all. One of the greatest bands the UK has produced in my opinion and one of the best frontmen of all time, Ian Astbury is a legend. Some may disagree, but all you need to do is listen to that voice. Fave tracks: Fire Woman, Love Removal Machine, Hollow Man
A band we have featured a few times on the blog, The Treatment are a new band from Cambridge. I haven’t been able to turn off their debut album, ‘This Might Hurt’. Definitely a band to watch, destined for big things i hope. Fave tracks: Shake the Mountain, Coldest Place on Earth, The Doctor
Named after the drummer of The Rolling Stones, Watts are pure rock and roll. Pure bluesy, dirty rock and roll.
A throwback to the classic rock genre that we all know and love, Watts sound perfectly vintage, yet very relevant of the time. Follow up to their 2007 debut One Below The All Time Low, On The Dial features 11 new songs as well as a cover of The Angels No Secrets. The album spans many sounds, including hints of new wave, punk and New York Dolls-esque 70s glam, a bit of everything.
What really adds to that old time rock and roll sound is the vocals of lead singer Dan Kopkos. His low, gravelly, raspy voice suit the songs perfectly. Although, throughout the album each member of the band chips in on vocals, shaking things up a bit.
Each track on the album has the ability to work its way into your head and has you singing and humming along instantly, particularly tracks like Dancehall Days and Nights and The Times. The main ingredients have been heard time and time again in band after band, but this album is definitely worth a listen, it’s full of killer hooks and has a certain edge that draws you in.
What Watts have created here is perfect music to chill out to, to dance to, to drive to, to drink to, just a brilliant album to stick on anytime anywhere. On The Dial has recently been re-released, and is now widely available. The band have also just had one of their tracks featured on the mount cd with May’s issue of Classic Rock magazine, proving they are definitely a band to watch.
Guitar loving trio Perduramo are an interesting, grunge band hailing from Glasgow. Great for any prog rock, grunge or rock loving fan, Perduramo are a confident band who have played plenty of gigs and due to their recent addition to the Mayhem Undergroud roster will no doubt have plenty more to come.
Listing Tool, Mastadon and Kyuss amongst their influences, Perduramo are a band for anybody that feels the current grunge scene is lacking a certain something- Perduramo ARE that certain something!
Insomniac are a brand spanking new thrash band from Glasgow. Starting out in only July 2010, Insomniac are a band determined to get themselves heard and don’t do anything by halves!
Listing Slayer, Testament and Metallica amongst their influences, Insomniac are a no-holds-barred band who have been recently added to the Mayhem Underground roster. I wish this band the best of luck for their career ahead and would urge any metal fan out there to go see these guys asap!
With intricate rock n roll riffs, vocals laced with sleaze and an attitude to boot, Devour are one of Glasgow’s finest unsigned bands! Recently added to the Mayhem Underground Roster, Devour are set for big things! A band definitely worth getting excited about and listening to.
Describing their sound as “Black Stone Cherry and Shinedown’s love baby”, Devour are a trio who know what they want from their music and seem determined to get it and rightly so- a true diamond in the rough band.
A band whose sound is as bitter as lemons, Let’s Play God are every hard metal fan’s fantasy band. Starting out just over two years ago, Let’s Play God have worked hard to get their unique sound heard by as many people as possible.
Creators of Mayhem Underground, Let’s Play God are an ambitious, balls out bunch with no intention of getting anywhere but the top. Listing Metallica and Machine Head amongst their influences, there is no doubt that these metallers will blow your mind at any performance!
Playing THIS FRIDAY at the Mayhem Underground launch, Let’s Play God are a band that are not to be missed!
Are you a big fan of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal? Firmly into Classic Rock and everything that comes with it? Then you may want to give Edinburgh-based 4 piece Vantage Point a listen.
Forming in 2008 and listing Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Anthrax, AC/DC, Rainbow and Whitesnake amongst their influences, Vantage Point are the perfect band for Classic Rock lovers!
Recently added to the Mayhem Underground roster and seemingly doing at least one gig a month, Vantage Point are sure to get themselves at least an underground following and I am looking forward to watching this band grow.
So, if you by some miracle have missed me writing about Mayhem Underground, this is an explanation about what it is and why I am a strong supporter of it. If you have noticed and still want more info, I urge you to read on, this is a fantastic cause and anybody who cares about the music industry will definitely be on board with this. At the moment, Mayhem Underground needs all the support it can get and anybody who gets involved will be making a huge difference.
One of the biggest problems I’ve found with small gigs with unknown bands is that a lot of the time, bands leave after they’ve played and take their fans with them. Not only is this incredibly disrespectful, it’s moronic: the opportunity to see potentially fantastic bands is being mindlessly thrown away and as Scarcinogen guitarist rightfully stated, “you’re never going to expand as a band if you only have your friends coming to see you”.
Mayhem Underground was started by people who want to change the face of the Glasgow (and surrounding) music scene. They believe that music, especially rock and similar genres should be a community, not a competition. Mayhem Underground aims to start a new music scene, one that promotes bands together. It’s currently a non-profit organisation that offers promotion, great gigs with great bands and fantastic opportunities to reach out to new audiences.
The way it works is, a band is put on the roster and is offered chances to work with similar bands. The line-ups will always change which will make the reaching out to new audiences possible. No band can leave after they’ve played or they’ll be dropped off the roster, that way every band, even the last band of the night gets the attention they deserve.
There is NO reason this venture shouldn’t work out if everybody communicates effectively and nobody takes it for granted. This is exactly what so many bands have been waiting for. Every band that deserves more than 10 people watching them will get this chance, they’ll get noticed by Glasgow rockers and hopefully by record labels as well.
The first Mayhem Underground night is this Friday (the 22nd) in the Vale bar Glasgow. It is set to be a fantastic night with What’s The Damage?!, Scarcinogen and Let’s Play God playing. For more information and news on upcoming Mayhem Underground nights go to http://www.facebook.com/mayhemunderground
A Machine Devine are an exciting new band from Edinburgh. Describing themselves as “Technical Metal”, A Machine Devine are set to have a fantastic year. They already have a pretty impressive Facebook following and owe that solely to their fantastic twist on modern metal. A band that needs to be heard to be believed.
Their recent addition to the Mayhem Underground roster has already got me excited, not a band to be missed I reckon! Experimental at it’s very best.
Check out their Facebook for gig listings, music and more information
As one of the original and most popular heavy metal bands, we have Saxon to thank for influencing metal giants such as Metallica and Megadeth.
35 years after they were formed, and with a new album on the way, Saxon are as good as they ever were. You may have noticed they were on our must see list and they certainly did not disappoint.
First support act Fury UK, were a rather dull and monotonous start to the evening and were met with a lukewarm reception from the early small crowd. Second on were Wolfsbane, with former Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley, who were greeted with much more enthusiasm from the crowd. Whilst mildly entertaining, the frontman did tend to speak for longer than was necessary between tracks.
Saxon made their appearance at 9:10 launching straight into their set with new track Hammer of the Gods, immediately showing they haven’t lost their touch. Old favourites such as Never Surrender were met with great enthusiasm by the crowd and their energy is matched by the band on stage.
Hailing from Barnsley in Yorkshire, banter ensues between frontman Biff and the largely male crowd. Chants of ‘Yorkshire! Yorkshire!’ ring round the room as Biff recalls the North always being better to play to than the South.
The set is a nice mix of songs from every era and there is a lot of plugging for their upcoming release, their 19th album in total.
And The Bands Played On, a track written about their appearance at the Monsters Of Rock Festival is very much a massive crowd pleaser, as is final song Princess of the Night.
The band returned to huge cheers and chants of ‘one more song’ for what was to be their first encore of Crusader and 747 (Strangers in the night).
The night finished with a second encore of an drawn out, but brilliant nonetheless, version of Wheels of Steel.
Overall, Saxon proved they still have many years left in them and the creative minds to continue to write heavy metal.
Descension are an unsigned metal band from Scotland. Starting out in 2007, Descension have an EP underneath their belts along with a good few gigs. Listing Periphery, Pantera and Bleed From Within amongst their influences, this band hold a lot of promise.
They have recently been added to the Mayhem Underground Roster and look set to have a fantastic musical career. A thrashtastic band that I am definitely looking forward to seeing.
Check out their Facebook for access to their music and even the opportunity to download their EP!
With a bold statement of Loaded ruling the planet when their latest offering ‘The Taking’ hits the shops and advising fans to prepare to become minions, Duff McKagan sure had confidence in their new material. Luckily for us, and for him, he is spot on!
The album opens with the intriguing Lords of Abaddon with a somewhat mysterious opening. A solo guitar riff starts the track before the drums join yet abruptly cut out again. The track gains stability through the verse and has a typical rock sounding chorus, it certainly is an interesting start to the record.
First single Dead Skin perfectly showcases Loaded and typifies their sound, an awesome track. Other great tracks are She’s An Anchor, more lyrical but still keeping a heavy instrumental accompaniment, King of the World and Follow Me To Hell. My standout track is Your Name. Containing an energetic guitar riff and displaying Jeff Rouse’s skills on bass guitar, the track has a pure rock vigour and drive.
Amidst all the rumours and attention surrounding Velvet Revolver, Loaded have worked to create their own unique, energetic sound reminding the music world they are alive and kicking. Duff’s passion for punk rock shines throughout, particularly in his vocals and proves he still one of rocks greatest assets.
With a string of festival appearances and plans for a UK winter tour, I for one can’t wait to hear this album live!
Metal 2 The Masses - Bloodstock Competition. Ivory Blacks, Glasgow.
Ivory Blacks is one of my favourite venues in Glasgow for live music. It’s basic and all about the music meaning good or bad, you get to see bands absolutely stripped bare.
Tonight, Ivory Blacks is quite full and the 6-band-bill are battling against each other to get into the next heat to win a chance to play at Bloodstock Open Air, a metal festival that has acts such as Motörhead, Napalm Death and W.A.S.P billed.
First band to grace the stage are What’s The Damage?! The WTD lads are getting quite a name for themselves in Glasgow. A very modest band with nothing but love for the music and their fans.
When WTD stepped on stage, I could only see four people watching, within a minute more and more people were standing up to watch, what a fantastic start to the night!
What’s The Damage have chemistry and are forever-growing as a band. They are so much more tight than they were even six months ago, their passion is obvious and they are getting heavier and heavier.
The best improvement I’ve seen though, is drummer Rob’s dramatic improvement. When I first saw WTD, it was almost as if he was scared to drum but that’s long gone now. He has the ability of a man with twice as much experience.
There were a few slight glitches but they didn’t affect the performance at-all.
This is a meaty band with a hell of a lot of promise, their harmonies will become their signature and their hard work is paying off! It’s been fantastic watching them grow into what they are now, they’re just set to get bigger and bigger.
"Wow" was a word that was squealed, uttered, gasped when Core broke onto the stage last night. Core are professionals that I kind of don’t believe are actually here. The audience were incredibly impressed, they bounce off the audience’s reaction and tonight that’s added to the already amazing atmosphere in here.
Core are bursting with attitude and when anthem “Hollow Inside” takes off, I think it’s fair to say everybody was blown away. It’s hard to not let your hair down and head-bang to Core, they are very obviously influenced by Rage Against The Machine and their musical acrimony is something the metal world seems to be lacking lately.
I can’t help but wish the best of luck to the Dundee trio. Not only are they fantastic but they are great showmen and very grateful to be where they are.
Catch them on April 30th at Beat Generator, Dundee
Last time I saw Search For Solace, they were so bad that I actually left… I’m very happy to say that tonight they were a thousand times better than they were two months ago. The excitement throughout the whole band is infectious and they are entirely loveable despite their not-so-great performance.
Search For Solace have potential, charisma and talent. They have all the tools to become a successful metal band but they still don’t quite work. It seems like they are doing everything right but still not quite making it. They don’t gel well together, the vocals are very off-key and unfortunately I think last night they realised it.
They interacted with their audience as much as they maybe should each other. They don’t seem entirely comfortable as a band and would benefit from a few months off from gigs, just in the studio.
For fans of:
A Day to Remember
Escape The Fate
With all the positive energy around the room, it wasn’t too obvious that Absent Manifesto got off to a bad start, they seemed stiff, lacking in passion and not really feeling the electricity around the room but I think it is fair to put that down to nerves more than anything else.
Despite their efforts, I found this band to be a little less than exciting. I didn’t like them and I didn’t dislike them. They do, in their defence have absolutely delicious riffs and they really managed to win back the crowd with their last song in fact, they got the best reaction of the night so far!
When I spoke to Scarcinogen, they told me that while they’d been together for over two years, they have only played a small handful of gigs. They wanted to make sure that the line-up was perfect and that they were good enough as a band to be doing live performances. Well. all their hard work more than paid off.
They are a tight, extreme, energetic band that are consistently great. The most common mistake I’ve found tonight is bands performing to the best of their ability on the last song of their set. Scarcinogen didn’t have this problem, they are exceptional musicians who are consistently brilliant throughout the whole set. Their sound is menacing and strong- metal at it’s finest.
It’s strange to think this is only one of their first gigs, Scarcinogen have confidence, they are professional, there are no glitches, nothing but fantastic metal booming for 20 minutes. 2 years is a long time to go without gigging much but this should be a lesson to all aspiring bands: working to perfection pays off. So much so that Scarcinogen got through to the next heat!
Shapeshift were the final band of the night. What a band they were as well. Nobody wasn’t watching, everybody was smiling and everybody was impressed.
Guitarist Jamie Paterson is an expert on guitar. He single-handedly sets the theme and the tone of Shapeshift’s set with his almost Metallica-esque riffs. We also learned that the vocalist was new to the band, wasn’t obvious at-all, he comfortably took over the stage and we heard his very varied range.
Every song is perfectly defined, Shapeshift were the perfect end to what was a fantastic night all round. They had the crowd roaring with them, they gave their absolute all and proved exactly why metal is something special; there was not one member of this band that wasn’t full of talent, of passion and that wasn’t afraid of busting balls on stage for the sake of getting our attention.
This was possibly the best small gig I have ever been to. Shapeshift, Scarcinogen and Core got through to the next round, all worthy winners in my opinion but the best part of tonight was that no band was bad, sure some were weak but not awful and on top of that, there was a sense of community, even though it was a competition, no band was just out for themselves.
A fantastic night that will not soon be forgotten by anybody I’m sure.
What’s The Damage Photo courtesy of Lauren Millar.
In preparation for Mayhem Underground, I interviewed the first three bands to ever play it, What’s The Damage?!, Let’s Play God and Scarcinogen.
First off is the Let’s Play God interview.
Give me a little info about your band, how did you meet, where did the name come from?
Well the band actually got together a couple of years ago. From what I gather the guys had been playing around the Glasgow circuit for a while before settling on a final line-up. It was in 2010 that we all came together to get the line-up we have now. Gregg (the guitarist) joined in January and I joined in May 2010 to play bass. The band was originally put together by Rob (Vocals) and John (Drums). It was Rob who came up with the name. I don’t get hung up on the name too much though it’s there to interpret whatever way you want. Since our first gig back in November we have done loads to get ourselves out there and we have progressed really fast considering we’ve not even been together a year yet. We have played all of the major venues in the Glasgow area, we’ve just released our demo album called 2011 and are ready to do a tour down in England. So it’s a really exciting time for the band at the moment.
Are you excited for Mayhem Underground? I know it was started by one of you so can you give me a brief outline of what you hope to happen with it?
Yeah I’m really excited about Mayhem Underground, when I started it I just wanted bands to work together to put on great nights. I’m so sick of playing to venues full of people that either walk out after their friends’ band has played or even worse the bands leave too! I love metal, I love live bands and I love being in that environment but when I came to Scotland it seemed that everyone was in their own little clique and that sucks because we all want the same thing. Instead of working against each other with this “my bands better than your band” attitude, why don’t we pay respect to everyone and hear everyone and play gigs together and become a community again? A community is what I want to come from it. I want all the bands to know each other put on electrifying gigs that actually have people move their ass. Let’s just cause so much “Mayhem” that we bring metal back to Scotland properly.
Is the metal scene in Glasgow important to you? Why?
Absolutely! At the end of the day this is our home. Glasgow means so much to all of us on so many different levels and its very important for us to be involved in the metal scene in Glasgow. We are friends with a large number of the bands in Glasgow and beyond and with Mayhem Underground as a tool we want to expand that as much as possible.
Tell us about your best/worst gigs
Wow tough question. Well we haven’t had any gigs that I would say are our worst. There are always things that can happen outside your control when performing live and sometime these setbacks can push you down a negative road but we are about being positive and working in a positive environment. We’ve had some great gigs along with great bands and we have fond memories of all our gigs. My favourite gig hasn’t happened yet because I’m always waiting for the next one!
Which bands would you say influenced Let’s Play God?
There have been a lot of influences on the band, we all come from such different backgrounds and have such a wide variety in our taste of music. A few bands we all have no arguments over are Pantera, Machine Head, Motorhead, Metallica, Slipknot, Rob Zombie and Fear Factory etc. but there is also other artists that have influenced us in different ways such as stage presence, style etc that aren’t necessarily in the metal genre. I personally have cut back on a lot of the metal music I listen because I don’t want it to influence me when I’m writing. Generally we are just influenced by what’s around us and we try to keep it as real as possible.
Thank you to bassist Chris for taking the time out to do this!
You may or not remember my review of these guys a month or two ago. I was immediately taken with Lost Persona and their music, they are an exceptional band with fantastic potential so, naturally when I went along to Capitol’s metal night I assumed I was in for a treat.
Lost Persona are admirably professional. I watched as they worked together to make sure their (unfortunately short) set was done the best it could be in every sense.
The atmosphere in Capitol was somewhat excitable, it was a Saturday night, spirits were high and the only real problem was that there were not many people there. This especially irritates me when bands are as good as Lost Persona. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: they deserve a bigger stage with a bigger audience.
Nevertheless, the four piece gave us a show that won’t soon be forgotten. Their chemistry is advantageous to them in many ways, they are airtight, they are confident and it’s enjoyable to watch them.
Opening track The Exhibition was fantastic, it established the mood for the evening perfectly and made way for “Grudge Harbour”, a gutsy, refreshing helping of metal at it’s finest. Lost Persona are unceasingly fantastic and I really struggle to fault their performance. A band I’d happily see time and time again.
They finished the set with show-stopping “A Fool and His Money” in which the words “now we have you by the balls!” are roared out to the crowd and they couldn’t be more right.
Lost Persona will be playing this Thursday coming (21st April) at Capitol for the What’s The Noise Battle of the Bands semi-final.
Sintonic had the confidence and the stage presence to pull off this gig well but I think front man Paul Spiers’s dithering about on stage and pointless jokes entertained the crowd more than the band’s actual performance.
While I can’t fault any member’s technical ability, I can say that it’s hard to believe that this is a band that communicate well, the set is messy and awkward, nobody seems particularly into this band and I can’t blame them. The band cancel out each other- every instrument seems to cancel out another, even vocals.
An uncomfortable performance from a band with a lot of promise. Sintonic need to work harder on becoming a unit instead of each trying to showcase their own personal talent. I’d see them again but not for a long time yet, they need to be a lot more comfortable around one another.
At the beginning of April we said one of the must see tours this month was that of Michael Monroe and co. After receiving amazing reviews on their new album ‘Sensory Overdrive’ (including one from us) we made our way to Manchester to see just how super this group really is…
The set begins with one mighty power chord, and Michael Monroe bursts onto the stage wielding his sax around as ‘Trick of the Wrist’ gets the night off to a flying start, followed by ‘Got Blood’ and ‘Modern Day Miracle’ it is great to see the crowd singing every word as the band rip through their new songs, and the pace doesn’t slow down for the rest of the night, not for one second.
The first thing that strikes me though, is just how tiny the room is the band are playing this evening. Anyone who has been to the Academy venues in Manchester know there are much bigger rooms, so why they are left to play Academy 3 upstairs is beyond me. Michael being the incredibly energetic frontman that he is, it’s a little sad to see him on such a tiny stage, but he certainly makes the most of it and he doesn’t hold back at all. Bounding around the stage he shows that even though a few years may have passed he definitely has not lost his bounce or swagger, he looks and sounds fantastic.
Tonight the people of Manchester are treated to a musical journey through Monroe’s back catalogue with tracks from Hanoi Rocks, Demolition 23 and some of his solo classics, as well as tracks from the aforementioned new album ‘Sensory Overdrive’. The band crash through versions of ‘Motorvatin’ and ‘Hammersmith Palais’ which sound viciously good, and last single ‘78’ ensues mass air punching and chanting along. Particular highlights for me in the set tonight are the bands covers of The Damned tunes ‘Love Song’ and ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’, raw, fast and properly punk.
Backed by a band featuring Ginger, Steve Conte, Sami Yaffa and Karl Rockfist, tonights gig was always going to be a special one and it truly is. The atmosphere is electric. The tiny room that is Academy 3 is one big ball of sweaty appreciation, and the band look like they are loving every second. Ginger taunts the crowd that the previous gig in Newcastle was the loudest crowd they had had all tour, something the Manchester people were more than happy to stamp all over and the almighty cheers that followed brought smiles all round.
'Dead, Jail, Rock and Roll' brings the main set to a tremendous close but it isn't long before Michael re-appears for a working of Johnny Thunders classic 'I Wanna Be Loved' which somehow finds itself turned into a mashup of Survivors 'Eye of the Tiger' and 'Rappers Delight' by The Sugarhill Gang, with a little bit of Black Sabbath riffage thrown in for good measure, truly bizarre but brilliant.
The band launch into another energetic performance of ‘Life Gets you Dirty’ and just as we thought the evening had drawn to a close, Monroe swaps roles and takes his seat behind the drum kit. Ginger moves to centre stage and they tear their way through a mindblowing cover of Ramones ‘Blitzreig Bop’. They give and give and give and the people of Manchester take in every last drop.
One of the best things about tonight was not just the amazing music, it was witnessing what a great band these guys have become and just how strong they are together. They proved this once with ‘Sensory Overdrive’ and they have done it again and shown themselves to be one of best live bands at the moment. Without doubt one of my top gigs this year. Amazing.
The new album was recorded at Chemistry Farm studios. Anzi built the studio in a 200 hundred year old barn in the middle of a forest in Finland. Anzi has generated a unique bleak sound with intoxicating concoctions of riffs and rhythms that reflect an exhilarating Industrial influence and a more creepy, noir feel than ever before. The album sounds like a sonic knife fight between the Stones and the New York Dolls while Iggy Pop hands out the switchblades. It’s low down, mean and lean industrial flavoured punk that goes straight to the gut.
Anzi composed, produced and mixed the album. He also played most of the instruments himself. Lyrics where co-written with New Yorker Rory Winston. Drums where played by Mr. Kunt (V For Violence, Salvation) and Elias Lógren (Private Line).
For the most part, I have to agree. Though I don’t think bleak is the best word to us to describe this album. It’s much more than that. It’s a successful mash-up of every ‘alternative’ genre, I heard hints of Nine Inch Nails, Chris Cornell and Rob Zombie throughout this album.
It is definitely dramatic, eerie and yes, spooky but it’s oddly uplifting, this album exceeded all my (already high) expectations. It’s unique and worth at least one listen though I doubt that’ll be enough for most people.
The only negative thing I can say about this album is that it is very obvious that one person worked on it. As a début, it is fantastic. It just needs a bit more edge to it to make it stand out enough.
Mayhem Underground is a team of metal enthusiasts working together to promote Glasgow metal bands.There is no other motive, not even money, this is all about bands getting the recognition they need and deserve!
Mayhem Underground offers services such as promotion, gigs and flyers. They’re not a promotion, record or management company, just a bunch of people passionate about one thing!
Any band that is into this concept and agrees to be put on the roster will be working with a range of different bands allowing co-operation and equal respect between bands rather than the ever-so-popular battle of the bands.
The first night of Mayhem Underground is on April 22nd in the Vale Bar, Glasgow. There will be three bands playing:
What’s The Damage?!
and Let’s Play God.
Mayhem Underground is set to be huge and any kind of support at this point in time would be greatly appreciated. Look out for more information from me on these bands in the next week or so and if you love metal, come along for the opening night!
After their premature return, I had a quick catch up with Cree Hoggan, Skudpuppetz drummer. Well, it was supposed to be a quick catch up after his tour and it turned into quite the interview. He had so much to say about his touring experiences!
Consider this to be a frank insight into how touring is for unsigned, unknown determined acts. Fascinating and funny.
Hey Cree! You just did a tour across Europe with Skudpuppetz, how was it?
Aw man, where do I begin? Scotland, England, Belgium, Amsterdam for shits ‘n’ giggles, France, Spain, and Portugal… Basically, everything from the first gig in the Vale to our last gig in Lisbon was absolutely incredible with the exception of our unscheduled stop in Bishop Auckland where we spent 3 – 4 days searching the north of England for car parts, when the cunt guitarist from that Spanish band in Barcelona punched Chris, and when the tire blew up on our quest from Portugal to Germany.
We were put up in the House of Crust in Edinburgh which was fantastic. Thanks to the folk there for making us feel welcome and letting us get drunk and get some sleep. We had a great night and we loved the gig. Chris got thrown over the drum kit twice, and everyone went fucking mental. Edinburgh loves hardcore! But… Edinburgh is still in Scotland, so we weren’t away from home. As far as “touring” goes, it didn’t really feel like it started until we played our first gig away from home, which was the Victoria Club in Carlisle. This gig basically set the standard for all of the gigs to follow. It was fucking beautiful. The crowd was small, the stage was okay, and we didn’t really play that well. But that doesn’t actually matter because it was what happened after that made it such a fantastic starting point on our European invasion. You know, there’s a limit to what I can actually mention so that Martin doesn’t get hung drawn and quartered! But I can say this: “WE WILL BE BACK!” and, we sat on the same couch that GBH sat on.
So, how about when the ‘real’ touring started?
In Europe, we experienced a level of hospitality unknown in the UK (apart from the Victoria Club): An overwhelming determination by the crowds, promoters and bar staff to make us feel welcome, to feed us, to get us drunk, to pay us, and to support us. In ever gig we played we had people saying:
“Are you the band? Here have this!”
And they would provide us with absolutely excellent marijuana!
The first gig after the boat was in a small town called Bree, in Belgium. And I tell you, this place has no connection at all to cheese, apart from the heavy coating your body has the morning after. Nothing happens in this town till about 3pm. There is no one out! I shit you not, if you were passing through on a trip to somewhere else you wouldn’t stop. It’s a ghost town. But it’s well worth waiting for everyone to wake up!
We played with a load of amazing bands, and had a large crowd. We sold some shit too! Then after, we had 50 free beers to drink? It got to the point where Steff was slamming down 4 beers just for me to drink! Coz Mark was comfortably torpid on his stool, Jono was super sensible, and Chris was warping between super jolly German dude and shoes full of beer! Yes….shoes full of beer. Some gestures in Europe are unfathomable. Big tasty joints were passed between everyone. I made a staggered attempt to seduce Jaba to suck on this substance of happiness, but he refused! Oh pants….So yeh, I was throwing their cut of the beer down my throat till the sun came up. Dancing on the bar with Steff, dancing on the floor with Mark, dancing in the toilet with myself! And we even had a mad wee jam on stage about 4am steaming drunk.
Well, just about every night was like this on tour. For some of the gigs we played, we had to leave straight after to get to the next one. So we ended up doing some of our partying on the road; getting stoned and driving 12 hours through the night. Of course, we had a few calm nights at services on our journeys from one gig to the next. I experienced some heavy hallucinations on the road. I have only been driving for around 7 months now, but I couldn’t get enough of driving in Europe. There was one journey we done from Luxembourg to Montpellier in the south of France. This was en route from Amsterdam. Mark drove the first bit because my brain had been melted by some heavy cheese when I was there. So we stopped at services in Luxembourg and had a sleep. Then I took over in the morning and drove all the way to Montpellier. However, this was the first time I had driven over 6 hours. The first time I had driven over 2 hours was 2 days before! Well, we got to about 100km outside Montpellier and everything was wrong. It was pissing down with rain, I was so tired that it felt like the car was sliding from side to side and my vision was impaired. I was driving faster than normal to get to where we had to be. Road side assistance eventually stopped us in the middle of a storm and told us we had a fucking flat tire. I didn’t know what was going to happen but it was cool! They directed us to a service station, pumped up the tire for us, drove us back to where we were and wished us a happy journey. Just like that. So yeah, next stop was the first service station we could find. We eventually pulled up and went to sleep pretty quickly, in about an hour or so. Although, all the way through the night, I kept waking up and thinking I was still driving! I don’t know if you have slept in your car before, but it gets pretty steamy. So I would wake up, gasp for air, grab the steering wheel in a panic, and everything from the heart down would just open up….ALL I SEEN WAS WHITE! And I was like “fuck!”. Then I would realise that we were parked, and I had been sleeping…and we weren’t driving any more. And I did this about 5 times that night. Seriously fucking scary man! But yeah, I drove so many beautiful roads, and seen such amazing scenery. But….the night time driving…. jeez. It’s really hard going.
There is one more thing I want to mention. Benji from Anti-Clockwise put us up for the night in Montpellier. That gig was fucking amazing. But! He made food for the bands to eat and it was the tastiest thing I’ve ate in a long long time. It was basically cider stovies. Three liters of cider, loads of smokey ham, onions, garlic and potatos……fuckin tasty man. If you’re ever in Montpellier, go to Mojo Matic and ask for Benji to make you some! You will not be disappointed!
Have you toured before or was this a brand new experience?
We have all done our own bit of touring outside of Skudpuppetz. Mark and Chris were playing together in 4 Past Midnight. They did a tour of America. I also played for Swellbellys for the last 3 years of their stint. So I did two mini tours in France and got a small taste of if too. So we all had our own experiences in touring before we went and did it together. But this tour with Skudpuppetz was my first taste of real touring.
What did you learn from this? Did you learn anything about your fans, where Skudpuppetz are heading?
This tour raised the profile of Skudpuppetz above and beyond anything we were expecting. The tour was essentially a transition. Going from the thing that we have always put a lot of effort into but got nowhere, to the thing that we just went for and got everything we wished for. I think since when we started in 2004, this is the first time we have actually realised the full potential of our band. I also think due to our more mature outlook, harder efforts and the simple fact that we have more money, resources, and energy to put into it; we were finally able to do something we are super proud of, that also gave us the credibility we deserve. Even in the album we recorded a few months before, we can finally hear all the styles and different musical back grounds we all come from come together as one.
The past few months have really formed Skudpuppetz into who we have always wanted to be. The tour only helped us realise this as well as helping us find new styles, new ideas, and loads of extra work for us to get stuck into for our next album. It’s also so nice to finally have a crowd that likes what we do! It’s so nice to be the headlining band now. After 6 years or so of being slung together with indie bands, emo bands, metal bands and everything else that’s the farthest away thing from punk that you can think of…. we are now headlining shows with other punk bands. We are now playing to crowds that are there to hear punk . Also, due to the feedback we got on tour from new fans and people that had never heard us before, we are really proud. From leaving to coming back, our Facebook fans were multiplied by three or more, and we didn’t even do anything. I’m absolutely positive that much greater things are to come. I can’t wait to start work on our new album.
How did you find the crowds to be in other countries?
It’s strange. I don’t think it matters where you play. If a gig is not promoted properly then crowd is just a roll of the dice. Like our first tour gig in the Vale in Glasgow. We have played so many shit gigs in Glasgow that despite the money and effort we put into the promotion, we still doubted it being any good. But, we were blown away by the turn out. So if a gig is promoted properly, you can get a good crowd in any country. As far as crowd activity goes. Edinburgh definitely shows up Glasgow every time! It’s always been that way though. When you play in Glasgow, everyone apart from Ana Trash stands with their hands in their pockets. In Edinburgh, everyone gets a chance to see what shoes the drummer is wearing as they are thrown over the drum kit! In Europe the crowds are very much more active and receptive too. They all want to know you, want you to come back, and want to buy your CD’s and T-Shirts. They all want to party after! They don’t disappear 20 seconds before the headlining bands last song. They watch all the bands intently, and keep up the momentum far beyond the end of the show. Its amazing to have that much energy to keep you going after you have played. It’s so much better than finishing your gig and saying bye to everyone! And they all make a point of saying they will share your music with their mates, which is fantastic.
You know, we did have trouble at various times on tour. We had two or three run- ins with the cops, we had a tire that blew up and the price to get it fixed fucked it for us getting to Germany, the tour bus CPU failed a few times, we spent 3 or 4 days worrying that we might not get to Europe because the rear suspension on the tour bus was fucked, and Chris got punched by that Spanish cunt in Barcelona. However, these are all extraneous problems that happened out with actual gigs. As far as our performance goes, the crowds response, the enjoyment and the adrenalin levels- I can happily say we didn’t play a single crap gig! We might have run into some problems after or before gigs, but when we got on stage we nailed it every time. There isn’t a worst gig we played because all of them were amazing. Best gig for me would have to be Lisbon, for the way the crowd responded to our music. They loved it, and we loved them. I can’t wait to play there again.
We understand you had to cancel some dates in Germany, what happened? Did you get a poor reaction from your fans for your decision?
We had to cancel our dates in Germany and Italy. After our gig in Lisbon, we were running extremely low on money. We had the money to get to Italy, but due to the lack of promotion for that gig and because it had only been arranged 2 weeks prior to the point in time we were at…we could not risk driving to Italy to make no money, because we wouldn’t have been able to get to Germany or home. We had to cancel one gig so that we could do the rest in Germany. It was kind of shit because I think we all wanted to go to Italy, but it was mandatory if we wanted to play the four gigs in Germany. So, from Lisbon in Portugal, we set out with an amount of money that might not have actually got us to German.! Our original plan was to drive to Montpellier and stay with Benji again, and then see how much money we had from there. But not long into our epic quest to Germany, we lost a tire and never had a tire iron packed to fix it ourselves. We had to pay 150 euro’s for road side assistance to fix it for us. Which left us with nothing! Again, we were in the same position as we were when deciding if we could do Italy. We couldn’t risk doing it then not having the money to get home. We had over 6k worth of equipment in our boot, plus we all had jobs to get back to, and the cost of getting us home would have to come out of someone else’s pocket. It was horrible to say the least, but at the same time we had already played so many wonderful gigs that the sadness of not getting to Germany didn’t really impact us. We were disappointed about letting everyone down, but we really couldn’t do it. On our trip from Spain to the ferry we didn’t actually eat! We were filling up a bottle with toilet water! Because we had to save every penny we had for petrol. It wasn’t great, but it had to be done. We made it though, with 20 euros to spare when we reached the boat!
How is the relationship between the four of you since touring?
Apart from gigs, rehearsal and recording, it was the first time everyone has been together for that length of time. Apart from that time I was so stoned I couldn’t get off Chris’s couch for about 3 months. I suppose bands get pissed off when they are on tour and shit like that. The thought didn’t even enter my head though. There were points in the tour that could easily have triggered a strip to the waist brawl, but we all held it together and done what we could to get through. The main point is; none of us are arseholes, you know? If one of us is down for whatever reason, the rest of us will do what we can to bring them back up so we don’t play a shit gig or end up pissing someone off. I guess it would have been a different matter if all the gigs we had played were shit and everyone hated our music. You’ve got to take the good with the bad! I think as a unit, we are going to work much better now. By the end of the tour Jono was stripping on stage and playing guitar solos with the guitar behind his head! You know, everyone developed a sense of security. We knew by the end, when we were going on to play, we were going to fucking pump it. We obviously discovered shit about each other we might not have known, but that that’s part of the idea you know. Four brothers questing the world for glory and happiness.
We focus on promoting unknown/new bands, are there any you think we should keep our eyes out for?
ANA TRASH AND THE SOCIOPATHS! We had the privilege of playing with these amazing girls in Glasgow! Not Portugal or France….They are a band from Glasgow! And they are fucking amazing. I’ve been to see them once since I got back, would have been twice if I wasn’t working. I’m going to see them on Saturday 16th of April at the Glasgow Art School, and then if work permits I will be at their show on Saturday 30th of April in Bannermans Edinburgh too. Two sexy females going mental on stage! Can’t get much better than that! As for bands we played with in Europe, we played with shit loads that we want to share. But their names are all in European Languages! Haha, so is it possible to update this interview at a later time with the names?
I’ll obviously keep you updated on these mysterious European bands as I find out.
Photos courtesy of the band’s Facebook fan page, thank you very much to Cree Hoggan for taking the time to do this interview for us.
Murderdolls frontman set to hold charity auction for Japan disaster.
After the recent Japan disaster, Wednesday 13 has set up a charity auction in which he is selling signed limited edition custom canvas’ on ebay.
The incident has personally effected Wednesday as the Murderdolls were on tour in the country when the earthquake struck. All the money made from the auction will be donated to Save the Children who are currently focusing their efforts on Japan.
Wednesday also recently remixed tracks from his ‘Skeletons’ album named ‘re-animated’ with a percentage of the profit in the first month of sale also being donated, this time to the Red Cross Japan relief.
The Dark Decadence Tour @ Rock City, Nottingham 26.03.11
Last month we reported that one of the biggest tours to watch out for during March, and perhaps even 2011, was the Dark Decadence tour featuring some of Scandinavia’s finest exports. Representing for Sweden were heavy metal advocates Hardcore Superstar and Crashdïet, whilst doing it for the Finns were rocker veterans The 69 Eyes. I got the chance to travel to Nottingham on a chilly spring Saturday evening to witness this gathering of foreign Vikings take over the stage at Rock City.
Up first were support act Crashdïet, who despite their twenty-five minute slot managed to pack in a tight set which became the fuse for the party atmosphere. Smashing into ‘Down With The Dust’ from their latest release they powered through with enormous energy and excitement, creating a cloud of chaos in their wake. Whilst the majority of their songs were taken from 2010’s Generation Wild, including ‘So Alive’, ‘Rebel’ and little bluesy number ‘Native Nature’, they also crammed in Rest In Sleaze diamonds ‘Riot In Everyone’ and ‘Breakin’ The Chainz’. This time around there was nothing from the abysmal The Unattractive Revolution which was a welcome for probably both the band and the crowd.
Hardcore Superstar were our sandwich filling. Having seen these guys before I knew we were all in for a good time and were going to get our balls blown off. They’re loud, energetic and fast, just how good rock n’ roll should be. They proceeded to explode onto the stage in a firework like fashion and did a compilation of hits both old and new. This even included some really old tracks such as ‘Liberation’, which for the very old school fans was a shocking and exciting surprise. Jocke Berg’s distinctive voice rang out crystal clear, and excited fans with performances of ‘Into Debauchery’, ‘Wild Boys’, ‘My Good Reputation’, and of course their most famous hit ‘We Don’t Celebrate Sundays’, which had every individual chanting along. Even after an hour the band didn’t falter once, and left with as much energy as they’d arrived with. It was a sorry sight to see them leave.
Tonight’s last billed were The 69 Eyes, who after two such energetic sets from the Swedes were slightly disappointing. Not because they were bad but because their stage show was very different and toned down the feel of the evening. They presented a calmer performance and rather than hundreds of bouncing heads and raised fists a calm ambience descended upon the crowd instead, who watched whilst supping quietly from their plastic beer cups. But this in no way made their set any less thrilling. Although I unfortunately missed part of their set due to spending a little too long on my cigarette break, what I did witness was just as enjoyable as their predecessors. They still ignited the howls and cheers from fans after fantastic performances of ‘Perfect Skin’, ‘Lost Boys’, and even newer songs such as ‘Dead Girls Are Easy’ from 2009’s successful Back In Blood. And although there was that calmer tone to their set, it just meant that the hundreds of Rock City patrons got a chance for a little breather before partying the night away in The Rig next door.
After weeks and weeks of taunting their Facebook fans with promises of this teaser coming ‘soon’, the lads have finally put it up on their page and it is definitely promising in regards to their new album.
Check out their Facebook for this tasty bit of Scottish metal.
New York Dolls @ Club Academy Manchester 29.03.2011
Considered the godfathers of American punk, New York Dolls burst onto the scene back in 1971. Well known for their sky scraper heels, faces full of make up and ferocious attitude they drew influence from Bowie, early Stones and The Stooges and went onto dominate the New York music scene, producing two incredibly influential albums until they spectacularly imploded in 1976. The Dolls themselves have influenced a whole generation of punk and new wave artists on both sides of the Atlantic aswell as many of the popular glam-metal bands of the 1980s.
It seemed highly unlikely that the band would ever tour again, that is until a Mr Steven Patrick Morrissey (yes that Morrissey), once editor of the Dolls UK fanclub and lifelong fan curated the Meltdown Festival in 2004 and invited the band to play. Boy are we glad he did. Tonight the New York Dolls play one of their most intimate gigs in the small and sweaty surroundings of the Club Academy in Manchester.
The room is dark and the sound of operatic music blares from the speakers and the band take to the stage. Looking almost godlike with the shining bright light behind them, the crowd go wild as original guitarist Sylvain Sylvain tears into the opening chords of ‘Looking for a Kiss’, and despite looking older and craggier, they still manage to make it sound as fresh as it did all those years ago.
David Johansen looks every bit the ageing rocker as the band break into new track ‘I’m So Fabulous’ in a truly, fabulous fashion. The band describe new album ‘Dancing Backward in High Heels’ as a greatest hits, as it is packed full of singles, something they refer to throughout the night. The set is filled with new songs, all of which come across a lot better live than on record. Tracks like ‘Streetcake’ and ‘Fool For You Baby’ that are more laid back, almost jazz-like slot in nicely inbetween the older, more familiar tracks.
Since the Dolls renunion 7 years ago their live line up has been completed by Steve Conte and Sami Yaffa, but since both have left to play with ex Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe, the band have recruited Jason Hill on bass duties and none other than Eric Slick on guitar. Looking every bit the elegantly wasted rockstar, Slick fits right in with his dark shades and overtly spikey black hair, parading the stage and joking around with Sylvain.
As the night progresses the crowd get more and more worked up in a frenzy and the Dolls eventually deliver classics like ‘Pills’, ‘Trash’ and they end their set with a truly amazing rendition of ‘Jetboy’ which sees Johansen throwing bunches of flowers into the air, with petals flying everywhere, what a wonderful image. The band leave the stage to chants of ‘New York Dolls!’ from the people of Manchester.
David returns to the stage to a very welcome applause and begins to joke with the crowd about God, before saying he is ‘dying on his ass’ and the rest of the band take the stage once more. The opening chords of ‘Personality Crisis’ begin and once again the roof is raised on the Club Academy. The band sound amazing, and are clearly having a great time which is really refreshing to see after them playing these songs for so many years.
The night ends on a tender note with a beautiful rendition of another new album track ‘End of the Summer’. A wonderful end to a wonderful evening. The Dolls are back better than ever and it feels great!
New York Dolls ‘Dancing Backwards in High Heels’ is available now.
Michael Monroe returns to the UK in support of his new album ‘Sensory Overdrive’. Wwith a star studded band to accompany him including Steve Conte, Ginger and fellow Hanoi Rocks member, Sami Yaffa behind Michael Monroe’s excellent, electrifying vocals, you’d be a fool to miss it! Info and tickets here!
One of the original heavy metal bands in the UK, Saxon are back out on the road again this month. Influencing the likes of Metallica and Megadeth, Saxon define classic heavy metal and still have the same enthusiasm for music as they did in the 70’s. Check more info out here.
Welsh rockers The Blackout, are touring this month following the 2011 release of ‘Higher & Higher.’ With their popularity growing they’re definitely worth checking out. Tickets and info here.
After a successful tour supporting Rob Zombie, Skindred are back headlining their own shows. Tearing the UK up since 1998, there is sure to be a room full of crazy, metal energy. Interested? Take a look!
Following the demise of Oasis, Liam Gallagher has gone on to form new group Beady Eye. Whilst brushing aside comparisons to Oasis, Gallagher has commented on drawing inspiration from Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones. A must for Oasis fans, and even not, I’d at least recommend giving them a listen. More info and dates.