Iron Knights

The Iron Knights 23rd February 2014

With Support From Spiral Dive.

The Victoria Inn Derby 23rd February 2014.

Tonight’s gig was at the Old Vic in Derby, a venue that hosts live music every day of the week, in one form or another. Against my better judgment, I went along to watch Iron Knights, a band I know fairly well and enjoy. I first came into contact with this band at Hammerfest in 2013, where we had a rather funny interview. Support came from Spiral Dive, who I’ve also met on my travels when I saw this lot, for the first time at Rock & Metal Circus, last September.

Spiral Dive made the long trip up from Northampton for tonight’s gig, which was a Sunday, so all credit to them for that. They managed to get set up promptly which meant I could appreciate a full set, unlike at Metal Circus as on that occasion, due to unforeseen circumstances, their set was cut short, which was a real shame, as tonight’s set was a blinder. Its safe to say my first impression was incorrect and these guys are a real rock and roll band, with a twang of southern flavour, which is a sound that’s still popular. You can clearly see these guys love being on stage, even if they do hide behind an assortment of hats! Like one of their tracks, ‘Rock Starving’, which is about a band that works all week, but cant wait to get out there and play a show, the lyrics and theme rings true with these and most of the other bands I’ve come into contact with recently.

Spiral Dive.

Spiral Dive’s track, with the lyrics “Jump Mother Fucker Jump” was a personal highlight tonight, a great track that is very catchy and helps to demonstrate Tony’s ability as lead guitarist, who is very good! Job well done, I also like the track “Grinder”,  some of the bands music can be found on their Reverb Nation page, well worth a butchers.

Spiral Dive

Tonights set list:  1. Voodoo  2. Hooks in Me  3. Traitors Gate  4. Frozen  5. Grinder  6. Rock starving  7. Jump mother fu**er Jump  8. After Tomorrow

It seems much has been happening within the Iron Knights Band, in that they have lost three old members and gained two new ones. Still on drums we have Larry “The Animal” Paterson, still on bass, we have Paul “Beam” Robbie with new comer Jamie Gibson on vocals and guitar, who’s played in various bands in the past. When Jamie moved to the Knights, he bought with him big-a-me band mate, Wayne Mann,  who is also on guitar. More was said in our interview from tonight, which you can find here ………….. so I’ll give my account of tonight’s gig, which was the third night of their eight show tour.

Paul 'Beam' Robbie - Iron Knights

Billed in a local rag as Iron Nights, I can confirm, there was plenty of metal featuring tonight with Paul kicking off the set with an eery bass solo, that helped set the mood. Larry’s drumming ability really sticks out, the man really is an animal on those skins of his, when his head goes down, there’s no messing!

Larry Paterson - Iron Knights

Tonight’s set featured mostly stuff off the new album, due for release on the 5th of May, which was a joy to hear. Its dark, heavy and full of riffs, thanks to Jamie’s 6 or 7 sting axe of choice. In my interview, I discovered that touring is a fairly new experience for the new members in the band and it did show, a little. Wayne especially, who seemed a little rigid and not very well versed in the art of giving a live performance. Playing your instrument well is one thing, but a little showmanship doesn’t hurt, I’m not saying give us a twerk, but smile for the camera once, at least!?! I’m sure both Jamie and Wayne will get some great advice from veteran rockers Larry and Paul as they continue on their journey together and I look forward to the release of the new album, as the stuff I heard tonight was awesome.

Iron Knights

I will say this, although the band as they are now, have mostly been working on the new album, the old tracks they did play tonight, they played very well and it seems Jamie “The Punisher” Gibson is the perfect replacement vocalist for the Iron Knights.

Jamie Gibson - Iron Knights

Its always a pleasure meeting up with good people, who are like minded and these guys are as good as they get. Let’s not forget Anna Di Laurenzio, the bands manager, again as its always a pleasure to speak to you too.

Tonights Set List:  1. Transparent  2. Destroyer  3. Falling From Grace  4. Jacobs Ladder  5. Bloodstorm  6. A Chapters Lesion  7. Cry For Help  8. The Messenger  9. Blind  10. Snaggle Tooth  11. Jericho

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

WCH Battle Of The Bands

Quarter Finals – Round 4.

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 23rd February 2014.


Klasside were first to take control of the stage and made tasty work of filling The Slade Rooms with an impressive blend of semi-acoustic rock that also beats on the doors of funk, rap and folk aswell. These guys made quite an impression tonight and certainly earned the healthy round of applause and cheers that followed.


With a successful tour last year already tucked firmly under their belts, Sevendaze brought their blast of Nu-Metal to tonight’s event. Laid back in their style yet fixed tight in delivering a powerful sound, Sevendaze gave us a taste of both their new and old and well loved songs and with this being their first live performance for this year, I suspect there will be many good things coming their way in 2014.

There was a lot of love in the air for Skindeep who were our third band of the evening and with such an outstanding surge of energy on stage and a great repertoire of songs, it was very easy to understand how these guys have created such a big buzz for themselves. This young band is very much alive and Rockin so check them out over on Facebook and get yourself along to one of their gigs – you won’t be disappointed!

 

And the great bands just kept coming with local guys The Regulars next up tonight. Two of the great qualities I really admire about this young band is their ‘in ya face’ character which demands your attention and never fails to quickly connect with the audience.. There is also a great edginess in the style of their rock ‘n’ roll that gets the thumbs up from me every time.

 

I’ve seen our next bands name pop up across the West Mids gig circuit on many an occasion but tonight was to be my first experience of seeing Winston’s Big Brother live – and what an experience it was. These guys have a sound that is so full of skilled guitar riffs, pounding drum beats and catchy lyrics, that it stopped me dead in my tracks and with an audible influence of 70’s rock, these guys take the indie vibe back and to the future with ease.

 

Our final band in tonight’s round and also the last one to compete in the WCH Battle Of The Bands Quarter Finals, were the Walsall based band, Questions Of Angels – so no pressure there at all then! Tonight’s set gave us a great feel for the rich and rock heavy song composition that seems to continually be emerging from this band and also saw them push their performance hard and through to a new level that was a pleasure to watch.

 The prospect of having to select just three bands to go forward into the semi-finals was a massive task tonight with each and every band that played being worthy of a place but it had to be done and after the votes were finally counted, 1st place was awarded to Questions Of Angels, 2nd place went to Klasside and this weeks Wild Card vote being given to Winston’s Big Brother. A truly great night of music that brought all four rounds of the Quarter Finals to a final conclusion with the exciting prospect of so much great music still to come in the approaching Semi-Finals!

 Words by Sue Wardle and Photography by Stephen Turner.

 

WCH Battle Of The Bands

Quarter Finals – Round 3.

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 16th February 2014.

With six bands en route to the WCH Battle Of The Bands semi-finals next month, the competition is already in full swing and still to come tonight, we had the great pleasure of Lynus, Singing Towards Disaster, Mr George’s Famous Last Words, The Rooz and Recoil.

Lynus

 It was great to see so many people here in support of their favourite bands and first up and getting tonight’s rock rolling, were Lynus. These guys created an instant impact on the Slade Rooms with their blast of swashbuckling riffs and stage persona that was simply hell bent on giving everyone a great taste of what Lynus are all about.

Singing Towards Disaster

 It’s always a pleasure to see an up and coming band that show such a healthy commitment to writing good songs and who also demonstrate great potential within the local music scene and our second contenders of the evening, Singing Towards Disaster, are a band that I would happily describe as fitting into that category. These five guys play their music hard and heavy and clearly pay plenty of attention to the detail of their performance and image. Go check them out on Facebook, as I suspect there are many good things still to come from Singing Towards Disaster.

Mr George’s Famous Last Words

 Mr George’s Famous Last Words were the next band to take to the stage and in a matter of only seconds, the Slade Rooms lit up like a Christmas tree in more ways than one! These five funked up rock ‘N’ rollers have a sound and style that screams “Party On” and the audience didn’t hold back either in giving them a great reception and one that they most certainly earned tonight, as these guys not only blew the doors off The Slade Rooms but they raised the bar for the whole competition!

The Rooz

 With two more bands still to play tonight, there was no holding The Rooz from Telford back and without even waiting for an introduction, they took to the stage and Wolverhampton was again privy to a storming set loaded with the ‘WOW’ factor. The Rooz have more bounce than Tigger in both their songs and their stage performance and not even a broken string was gonna hold these guys back tonight. There is much great talent in this young band and the audience simply loved them!

Recoil

 Last band to take to the stage tonight were Recoil from Stoke. With a wide range of many musical influences, Recoil are the proud owners of a full on and multi-dimensional sound that spans across the spectrum of rock, grunge and also includes just a touch of the blues. Much energy went into their set tonight as they brought tonight’s competition to a vibrant close.

Tonight’s semi-final can only be described as an impressive showcase for some of the dedicated musical talent that is very much alive and kicking in the West Midlands. And with that in mind, a huge shout must go out, along with a rousing round of applause to Mr George’s Famous Last Words for securing themselves first place, to The Rooz who came a very close second and finally to Lynus, who also go through to the next round with tonight’s Wild Card vote.

What a fabulous night!

Words by Sue Wardle and Photography by Stephen Turner.

See all the night’s pictures here.