The Strypes

The Strypes at the Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 27th June 2013.

With support from Wide Eyed.

 

The Strypes

 

Tonight we had the privilege of witnessing a supergroup in the making. The impact of this group of 15 to 17 year olds thumping out great rhythm and blues cannot be underestimated. Yes you read correctly, 15 to 17 year olds! From Cavan, Ireland, Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums) got together in 2011 and have spent their time to date playing their energetic and impeccable set around Ireland, the UK, Europe and Japan. For such a young band, they exude professionalism and musicianship way beyond their years and comparisons have to be drawn to the greats that have preceded them. Standing in the hot, rammed Slade Rooms, taking in the 17 song set, diverse influences in their music such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Sex Pistols and The Clash could be heard that combined into an explosive mix of modern rhythm and blues with Ross Farrelly leading with a great Joe Bonamassa style swagger.  Following on from appearing on the John Peel stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, The Strypes will be supporting The Arctic Monkeys on their forthcoming UK and European tour with their debut album planned for release in September 2013.

Local Birmingham based four-piece Wide Eyed provided support. With a mix of indie shoe-gazing and psychedelic guitar swirling riffs, Wide Eyed showed their live set to be full of noisy and distorted tunes. Hot on the heels of the likes of Peace and Swim Deep, Wide Eyed have made a name for themselves on Birmingham’s thriving music circuit. Having supported The Twang on tour, Wide Eyed are fully embroiled in the renaissance of guitar based music and show great potential in progressing further up the music food chain.

 

The Strypes

 

The Strypes

 

The Strypes

 

Wide Eyed

 

Wide Eyed

 

Wide Eyed

 

Wide Eyed

 

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The Strypes, Wide Eyed

Words and pictures by Stephen Turner

The Temperance Movement

The Temperance Movement Tour Dates

With Support From Piston and Samuel Taylor.

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 26th June 2013.

It’s always a shame when you go to a gig and the majority of people are only there for the headline act of the night. The main issue with this for me is that people miss out on some absolute gems. In this case, people missed out on the opening act of the night, Samuel Taylor.

Originating from Sheffield, Taylor is a singer songwriter currently residing in London Town. Within the first few bars of his opening song, Taylor captivated the unfortunately small crowd. I was blown away by this one guy stood on a stage alone with only his acoustic guitar and harmonica (and a suitcase sporting his name in case anyone forgot) for company. His musical influences were clear for anyone to see as he strummed his way through his honest, genuine songs that screamed Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Bruce Springstein.
As he picked his way through the five tracks off his EP entitled “Some Nobody to Me” (which has now made its way into my own CD collection) no one could deny that this guy has passion and this was reflected in his music. As the tracks unfurled the audience were treated to a musical journey as Taylor told the story of how the songs were a collection of tracks written over the last year or so which gave the crowd an insight to the last twelve months. If you like your music stripped down and heartfelt then Taylor is the musician for you.

Samuel Taylor

Next to take to the stage were local boys, Piston. These five lads dropped the pedal to the metal and took the tempo up several knotches! They even managed to grab the attention away from the bar as the increasing crowd strayed in to hear their blues infused hard rock. Some bands are just born to be rock stars. They’re the kind of bands that take the stage and right from the first song you know you’re seeing a top quality, high energy performance that can barely be contained in the room they’re playing. That is exactly what my first thoughts were as I stood watching Piston. They too were performing songs off their new EP entitled “Playing with Fire” (yet another addition to my playlist). Opening their set with “Dark Angel” the bands gritty blues based rock is well suited to Steve Nunns powerful vocals and the twin screeching guitars of Jack Edwards and Luke Allatt. These guys have an enormous full and fantastic sound.

Steve Nunn - Piston

The guys rocked their way through their set with expert ease playing tracks like” A Hand In Yours”, “Playing With Fire” and “Misery”. Guitarist Jack Edwards never stands still for more than a few seconds as he runs around the stage trading guitar licks with fellow guitarist Allatt while singer Nunn leans into the crowd drawing on the increasing energy from the growing masses. As their set came to a close there was just enough time to play current single off the EP “Proud Mary” a fantastic foot stomper and a crowd pleaser in its own right. Piston are definitely one of my new favourite bands and these guys aren’t going to let up until the entire world knows who they are. Look out world, Piston are coming!

Piston

It was going to be tough to follow Pistons set and despite not actually knowing much about the Temperance Movement personally, I was assured by several members of the audience that “if anyone could, they could!” By now the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton was bursting at the seams with Temperance fans. It appears the band have managed to amass quite a following in their relatively short time on the scene and expectations were high. There was definitely an air of excitement coursing through the audience. Not surprising given the band have already supported bands like Rival Sons (a right of passage for bluesy rock bands) and are now playing festivals like Hard Rock Calling.

Nick Fyffe - The Temperance Movement

Their opening track “Be Lucky” had a slight country feel to it, not what you’d expect from a bunch of guys hailing from London/Glasgow. Combine the rich, smooth vocals and swagger of front man Phil Campbell with the riff-oriented guitar work of Luke Potashnick and Paul Sayer and you have a melting pot of sound that can’t help but grab your attention.

Paul Sayer - The Temperance Movement

It’s no surprise at how accomplished the band is considering that most of the guys have been session musicians for several other well known acts. Campbells voice continued to shine as they performed “Ain’t No Telling,” and “Only Friend” from their debut EP “Pride”. Even on the classic ballad type tracks like “Pride” and “Lovers and Fighters” Campbells voice was truly amazing. Mix together Rod Stewart, Chris Robinson and Paul Rodgers and you start to get the idea of just how good his vocals are. With their own unique bluesy, soulful rock n roll sound it’s obvious to me now why these guys have gained such a following after a five track EP and I’ll certainly be going to see them again.

The Temperance Movement

In my opinion, this was one of those elusive “I was there” gigs that many of the audience will look back on in years to come.

Words and Photography by Mark at Amplified Gig Photography.

Bullitstorm

At The Robin2 Bilston 22nd June 2013.

I first discovered the Walsall based band Bullitstorm back in January of this year, when they played at one of the ‘Emma Scott Presents’ nights held at the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham. I remember that experience for not one, but two specific reasons, the first one being that they delivered a pretty awesome set and secondly, the fact that they were to see the departure of their two guitarists shortly after it – thankfully, I have been reassured that this had nothing to do with my photography!

Such a milestone event for a band can take some getting over but when you get to know these guys and come to understand their full on no bullshit belief in both themselves and their music, it really comes as no surprise that I’m here tonight along with many others, waiting to see the second outing for the new and raring to go Bullitstorm, as sole support to the pretty impressive, Limestone Lizzy.

Graham Benton Cox - Bullitstorm.

So, a few band introductions are about due and it’s my absolute pleasure to say that still going strong and as steady as ever, are the three former band members and compadres, Graham Benton Cox on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jimi Yakuza on bass, and John Tolley on drums and backing vocals. I’m also just a little bit chuffed to be able to introduce the two new nifty guitar workers and latest Bullitstorm additions, Messers Steve Peel and Rob Grosvenor (of New Saints fame). So there you have it folks, the full artillery that is Bullitstorm.

Jimi Yakuza - Bullitstorm

Tonight’s set from the band got off to a flying start with the three blistering tracks ‘Hazardous’, ‘Blindside’ and ‘Flatline’, and all being songs that I hope we will see making an appearance on the forthcoming album. These three songs tick the rock ‘n’ roll boxes on several levels, and by that I mean vocals that have an edge and attitude hard enough to entice an adrenaline rush in even the toughest of creatures, the powerful and intense direction heard in both drums and bass and last but certainly by no means least, the shear dimensions of duelling guitars.

John Tolley - Bullitstorm

Steve and Rob have quickly formed a great guitar union that works in the true partnership of them both being equals, yet when joined together as one force, they pack a punch that stings. To get a taste of this for yourself, check out ‘Blindside’ over on the bands Facebook page.

Steve Peel - Bullitstorm

With Bullitstorm’s set now in full swing, their next song was to be a cover of the New Saints song ‘Mexican Chilli’. This was received with a hearty cheer as it marked the absence of a friend who had passed on from this life but remains ever present in spirit and with its representation being clearly appreciated by many of those present, this had to qualify as one of those memorable moments you don’t tend to forget.

Rob Grosvenor - Bullitstorm

And the great songs simply kept coming including ‘Innocent Victims’ which gave us the chance to hear the softer side of Graham’s vocal ability aswell as seeing him pick up the acoustic guitar. Quite a song to witness live as it clearly has a special meaning and I think was possibly my favourite song of the set.

Graham Benton Cox - Bullitstorm

With our headlining band Limehouse Lizzy being masters at portraying great songs made famous by others, it seemed only right and proper that Bullitstorm squeezed in another cover aswell, with this one being ‘Slither’ by Velvet Revolver – great song choice and greatly received by the audience, as had been their set in it’s entirety.

If tonight’s gig has set the standard for those yet to come, then I suspect that Bullitstorm are going to be a band in demand and with dates in their diary for August, September, October and November, you will have plenty of chances to catch them live for yourself. To find out exactly where and when they are playing, check out their Facebook page for details!

Details of tonight’s set list: 1.Hazardous  2.Blindside  3.Flatline  4.Mexican Chilli (New Saints Cover) 5.Innocent Victims  6.Devil Inside  7. Forever Is The End   8.Slither (Velvet Revolver Cover)   9.Drumhead

Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.