THEIA

Album Launch Party, 26th September 2015

The Tower Brewery was a unique venue for THEIA’s album launch party – a working brewery with an array of ales to choose from, a small stage and four rock bands, what more could you ask for?

Kicking off the night’s entertainment were “Quiet The Thief”, formed in 2014 by Stig and Norbert after their band at the time decided to call it a day. Guitarist and friend Neil joined and then Gaz to play bass. The four piece are a hard, aggressive rock band from Stoke-on-Trent. They made a great first impression and warmed up the crowd playing songs from their first EP including the current single “Slow Running Train”, a heavy, dirty blues song with great solid riffs and melodies.

Quiet The Thief

Next on stage was Children Lost in Time, formed in 2013 this four piece from Nuneaton are pure British metal and turning the sound up a notch were very loud. “Serious stuff, not taken too seriously” is Children Lost in Time’s captivating and endearing trademark. They had an amazing energy on stage which obviously showed to the crowd as they too enjoyed the heavy, loud sound especially “Break The Gates”.

Children Lost In Time

Up next were Torous, a three piece Celtic hard rock band from Birmingham. GMT, Marc and Tom describe themselves as “three mammals from Birmingham and aspects of infinite consciousness. Here you will find music in the form of Celtic Hard Rock, traditional music from these (and not so distant) lands blended with the music of our childhood – Hard Rock & Metal”. Torous unfortunately had a few technical difficulties with the sound, or more so the lack of it, as you could not hear Marc too well. But they carried on regardless and after a few songs in, it was all sorted and we heard the true Torous sound. Playing songs from their first EP including the title track “Dried Bones”, they have a very unique sound which works and the crowd agreed with plenty of foot tapping and head banging. Definitely a band I want to see more of!

Torous

And finally, what we had all been waiting for, THEIA! Founded in 2012, are a hard rock three piece band from Burton-Upon-Trent. With their current line-up being a feature since 2014, Kyle, Paul and John gave it their absolute all! With the crowd warmed up from the previous three bands, Theia kept the party going, playing their debut album “Take The Pill” from start to finish including the bands favourite to perform “Electric Witness”.

John and Paul

As we started to get to the end of the album, out came the inflatables and whilst they played the debut single “Ride On”, out came Kyle to rock with the crowd.And finally the crowds favourite “Whoop Dee Fucking Doo”. Thinking it’s all over, oh no they carried on with a few covers but in their own style.

THEIA

A great version of “Footloose” and an even better “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”. Not many can pull off Darkness but Kyle did it proud.The lads have an absolutely amazing energy on stage and you can really tell they are enjoying what they do and this rubs out into the crowd.

Kyle

A good night is guaranteed if you get chance to see these guys!

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.

SOTS Weekender 2016.

DIAMOND HEAD SET TO ROCK TELFORD.

Influential Black Country rock band DIAMOND HEAD have been announced as Sunday headliners for the Soldiers Off The Street Big Weekender festival next May.

Event poster

The event, which is being held over May Day weekend, will feature 25 of the very best of the Midlands rock and metal bands including The Whiskey Syndicate, who are re-uniting just for this event, Martyr De Mona, Voodoo Sioux, Daylight Robbery, Valous and Fury. Technical Manager at Twisted Ninja Promotions Event, Lee Wilson, himself ex-army, explains that over 300 bands applied for the chance to appear at the event, and it was a difficult job to whittle the number down to just 25.

Diamond Head

‘The quality of the bands applying has been outstanding, but even more amazing is that all of the bands, even Diamond Head, are giving their time for free; the venue are not charging, the sound technician is doing it for nothing, the sound equipment and drums are being supplied for free by SASS in Ironbridge, the printing is gratis….everyone has been so generous, and it’s all for such a good cause. Soldiers Off The Street is a charity that shouldn’t exist because our ex-military should not be allowed or left to suffer as they have, but as long as it does exist, we need to do what we can to help out where we can’.

The Soldiers Off The Street Big Weekender will be held at The Haygate, Wellington on April 29th and 30th, and May 1st 2016, weekend tickets available from wegottickets.com from October 1st.

Thunder

FEBRUARY UK TOUR & ‘ALL YOU CAN EAT’ DVD

The sensational return of UK rock legends Thunder, who had a Top 10 UK album earlier this year, continues into 2016 with the announcement of five UK arena dates and a three-disc set documenting the story of the band’s incredible latest, Classic Rock Award nominated album, ‘Wonder Days’. The band will be blowing the roof off arenas around the UK in February, including a date at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley.

Says lead singer Danny Bowes: “The shows in March were incredible, and the new songs went down just as well as the Thunder favourites. We can’t wait for February, so we can do it all over again.”

Thunder

Support will come from renowned Bradford rockers Terrorvision, who have reformed for their first shows in three years, plus King King, nominees at this year’s Classic Rock Awards for Best New Band.

Terrorvision bassist Leigh Marklew, says “We were discussing the idea of getting back into the ring in 2016, so when the call came from Thunder asking us to be their special guests, the timing was perfect. We agreed it will be a fun tour, a great way to come back.”

From 1992’s debut Formaldehyde through to Super Delux in 2011 – Terrorvision have stomped out their own, original brand of shiny pop rock (with dirt under its fingernails). From crunching metal (Alice, What’s The Matter, American TV), pure pop killers (Oblivion, Perseverance and Tequila), brooding melodrama (Middleman, Some People Say, Bad Actress) to high-octane punk funk (My House, Pretend Best Friend, D’ya Wanna Go Faster), Terrorvision have always delivered the party right to your door.

Feb 2016 Live Dates:

15/02/2016 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

16/02/2016 – Bristol Colston Hall

18/02/2016 – SECC Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

19/02/2016 – Sheffield Arena 20/02/2016 – SSE Arena, Wembley **(see ticket details below)**

Thunder will also be releasing a 3 disc set in January 2016.Entitled ‘All You Can Eat’, it documents the story of ‘Wonder Days’, Thunder’s first studio album for 6 years, and includes a live album, a live in-the-studio session, and a documentary film.

Disc 1 – Hors D’oeuvres – The RAK Session

The session took place at the famous RAK Studio 1 on November 4th and 5th 2014, during the two days preceding the band’s show at Brooklyn Bowl in the O2 in London. The band set up in the studio to record 100% live, and as quickly as possible. They played fourteen songs one after another, with no breaks, no stops, overdubs or fix ups. The end result is astonishing.

Disc 2 – Main Course – Live At The Brooklyn Bowl

The Brooklyn Bowl show on November 6th 2014 was offered free to fans, in association with Classic Rock Magazine. There was no fee for tickets, and fans applied online in their thousands for the chance to hear the band play brand new songs from ‘Wonder Days’, three months ahead of the release, alongside Thunder classics, and some never played before covers. The rules were pretty simple – no cameras, no video, no social media updates, just word of mouth. Thunder fans duly obliged, and the evening was stunning. The show was captured; audio and video, and eight of the songs were given away on the cover of Classic Rock Magazine in January 2015. The rest have stayed in the filing cabinet, until now…

Disc 3 – Dessert – The Wonder Days Film

A documentary made by Tim Sidwell from Toward Infinity, this film details the story behind the making of the ‘Wonder Days’ album, and features extensive band interviews, along with studio footage from the WD session, clips from the live session at RAK Studio 1, the Brooklyn Bowl live show, the triumphant March 2015 UK shows, and the Loud Park show, filmed for TV in Tokyo (Oct 2014). 60 minutes of pure Thunder fan joy…

**Tickets for the tour**

Go on general sale 9am 25/09/2015 at www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Ticket prices are £28.50 for all shows except London where they’ll be £29.50.

Praise for ‘Wonder Days’:

“Brilliant…a massive reminder that class is both timeless and incandescent” 8/10 – Classic Rock

“The best songs they’ve recorded in a decade” 4/5 – Kerrang!

“It sounds amazing. Welcome back.” 8/10 – Metal Hammer

“Classy classic rock from a band who should have many more days ahead of them” – Total Guitar

“Timeless quality… the band sound on top form” – Record Collector

“It’s all about crunching guitar, strong melody and an exceptional vocalist” – Powerplay

“A great record from one of the finest British rock bands around” – Guitar & Bass