The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 23rd August 2014.
The rock ‘n’ roll was set to flow freely tonight at The Slade Rooms with a top line up of bands that I had been looking forward to seeing for some considerable time.
I’m kicking myself for only catching the last few songs of Torous’ set as from what I did see and hear, there is a lot to enjoy about this band. Of the songs I did get to see them perform, their cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ stood out and got the kind of appreciation this cool trio of musicians, deserved as not only delivered the goods musically but they looked like they were having a great time doing so aswell – so note to self, go see these guys again and next time don’t be late!
With the very recent departure of two band members and the new inclusion of Jeff Simmons, our second band of tonight Phoenix Rising seem very aptly named. As with Torous, there was no doubting that this band have a wealth of experience behind them and an interesting future ahead and I look forward to catching them spreading their wings again.
Mac, Adam and Rob AKA The Nics, are a band that always seem at home when you put them on a stage together, as this band really just seem to click. With each and every performance I’ve seen of theirs, there has always been that great connection with the audience and just as before, tonight’s crowd just loved ‘em!
There is nothing sweeter than seeing a band grow in confidence and popularity and Singing Towards Disaster have certainly achieved much in both departments this year. Tonight’s set from them was raucously delivered with lead singer Jack Budd owning the mic, the stage and the pit to the delight of the bands fans. I’m not sure about this band singing towards disaster but singing towards success is a very strong possibility!
I first encountered The Black Hounds earlier this year when they supported Martyr De Mona at The Wulfrun and a mighty fine job they did of it too! Being a relatively new band but with each band member having an impressive musical background, there is a sure fire guarantee that their rock will be hard, heavy and smart and you’ll have a great time listening to it.
The Black Hounds set tonight was an addictive journey through their collective repertoire which left no doubt in my mind that even though the band as a whole have not been together long, they are already delivering something that fits like a hand in your favourite glove. I’m really looking forward to seeing much more of the Black Hounds on the gigging circuit as I’m sure there is still much much more yet to come from them.
The prospect of seeing The Black Hounds live on stage at The Slade Rooms was one that had brought back many memories from the farewell gig of The Whiskey Syndicate back in June when I last saw Ant Wright leaving the stage for the last time in that incarnation. At that time I’d wished them all much success with future ventures and I’m chuffed to bits in the knowledge that my wish looks to be coming true.
Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.