Winter Storm

At The Robin2 Bilston 16th October 2016.

Tonight I’m feeling very privileged to be in attendance at The Robin2 Bilston in support of the West Midlands based band Winter Storm, who were opening up proceedings for this, the final UK show for the Netherlands based band Stream Of Passion who are bringing their last tour ever, to a close.

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Also included in this evening’s line up and main support for all four UK dates were Awake By Design, so all in all, tonight’s event really looked set to be a jewel in the West Midlands crown.

Winter Storm first formed back in 2008 and are the kind of band whose metal is perfect for all seasons, as it captures the free spirit of a symphonic heart with crystal clarity.

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The bands set tonight transported the audience on a journey laid down within previous recordings and also gave us a glimpse of what is still yet to come, in the form of a track from their forthcoming new album. This track in itself delivers a very powerful dreamscape, enhanced further by the unmistakable vocals of Hannah Fieldhouse and if this is a fair representation of what lies ahead, then the albums release is one to be highly anticipated.

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Despite the restrictions that the confined space on stage presented Winter Storm with, the bands performance lacked for nothing tonight and all in all, delivered an excellent start to the night. Also, and in addition to the familiar faces of Hannah, Wayne and Kim up on stage tonight, there were a couple of unexpected surprise faces aswell, but more about that later.

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After the bands set, I had chance to catch up with Hannah for a quick chinwag and to ask a few burning questions…

Congratulations, that was quite a set tonight – can you tell us a little about the set list and how you decided on which songs to include?

Thank you very much. Well we wanted to include a mixture of our two current albums with fan favourites such as Firedancer and Dark Awakening, but also put something new in there, so we showcased Astral World, which went down very well and was such a highlight of the performance for me personally.

It was great to hear a new song from the forthcoming album, how’s that coming along and can you say yet when it’s likely to be released?

We are still very much in the writing process, unfortunately, so we cannot give any indication about recording or release dates. Its taking a long time because we are really crafting the concept, feel and music. It will mark a new era musically for the band, and a progressed sound.

Tonight’s line up on stage was looking slightly different from usual with a couple of surprise face’s up there aswell – can you tell us a little bit about how that came about?

We recently parted ways with keyboardist doomsday, and had the fantastic Janson Sissons with us, more on that to come. Secondly we now have our previous drummer Richard Marsden back with us. He’s an integral part of our unit and we enjoy working and writing together. Kim Masters our bass player has been with us for a few years too now, surviving well, hahaha!

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What’s next for the band, have you any more gigs lined up?

We have one show on Sat 19th November at Wolverhampton’s Giffard Arms. This is our last 2016 show, and we hope to have some exciting gig announcements soon for you all…

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It was great to catch up with Hannah and Winter Storm tonight and a very big thank goes out to them for inviting us over, I’m sure we’ll be seeing you all again soon!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Psychostick

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 30th Sep 2016.

It’s no word of a lie when I say I’ve been waiting twelve months to see our headliners Psychostick play live, as that’s how long it’s been since this monumental band last graced Wolverhampton with their presence. Reviews and comments made by many about that particular event had left quite a lasting impression – so no pressure there guys in delivering the goods once again tonight!

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But first off and getting this evening under way in a style which was completely their own, were the Birmingham based band DEAD HANDS. These guys and gal make metal mayhem under their own terms and showed no inhibitions when it came to delivering their set out amongst the gathering early evening crowd. This in itself delivers quite an impact, as not only do you get to see the band up close and personal but you are also part of the experience and DEAD HANDS took no prisoners tonight!

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Our second support band of the night were Rawkas and here we have a band whose recent resurgence has already stamped it’s fist firmly down across the West Midlands. The bands set this evening gave Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms a hearty dose of metal groove core, and whilst many of the songs performed were new to some, there was one particular song ‘Black Lagoon’ which was newer than others and for me, this was the highlight of their set. I have a really good feeling about this band and predict we are going to be seeing and hearing a lot more from them in times to come!

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Our headlining band Psychostick, come from the same kind of humble beginnings that are familiar to many – that being friends from way back, who set about writing and playing music that was important to them. But what makes these guys different, is there uncanny knack to find humour and write songs about some of the most bizarre and strangest elements of day to day life and you only need take a wonder through their videos on Youtube to see this for yourself. And with that focus in mind, I left all my confines of normality at the door, as the inner child was up for some fun tonight!

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As the band took to the stage, the sheer sight of them raised a roar of approval from the audience, as their appearance is exceptional to say the least! I’ve never been a great fan of hats – until now that is, as here we had a couple of the finest ever to be worn and if these guys ever decide to call it a day, they will never be short of a job in the millinery business!

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Psychostick’s set tonight was as sublime as their humour and included some of their greatest such as ‘Obey The Beard’, ‘Dogs Like Socks’, ‘Do You Want A Taco‘, ‘Bruce Campbell’ and ‘BEER!’, which all went down a storm as the audience were most definitely up for some fun! And fun was most definitely high on the agenda as the interaction between the band and those present was virtually none stop, with antics afoot at every opportunity.

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So was Psychostick’s visit to The Slade Rooms worth the twelve month wait – hell yes it was and roll on the next visit as that simply can’t come soon enough!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Candlebox

Ahead of their UK tour this January, Candlebox, the influential, multi-platinum rock band from the powerful 90’s Seattle music movement, have released a new music video, ‘Supernova‘ taken from their new album ‘Disappearing In Airports‘.

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With the band winding down 2016 with a U.S West Coast tour, and preparing for their UK Tour this January, it’s no wonder the new video for ‘Supernova’, taken from the latest album, ‘Disappearing In Airports’, is dedicated to capturing Candlebox onstage.

‘We wanted a video that represents us, who we are, what we’re like on and off the road,’ says vocalist Kevin Martin. ‘This video gives the viewer a special insight into Candlebox and the personalities of each member, but it also shows just how special our bond is with our music and how much we love playing live.’

Martin goes on to say, “‘Supernova’ is about that moment when you get absolutely blown away by a lover. When there’s no turning back; you know you’re totally blown away. It’s provocative and personal and written from my own experience, just like the other songs on the album. I’ve only ever been able to write about what I know — my experiences, good or bad, I’ve written about them.”

Formed in Seattle in 1991, Candlebox was the first successful act on Madonna’s Maverick Records, which went on to sign Alanis Morissette, Deftones and The Prodigy. The band went quadruple platinum with their 1993 self-titled debut and released two more acclaimed and top-selling albums (1995’s ‘Lucy‘ and 1998’s ‘Happy Pills‘) before going on a hiatus in 2000. Candlebox regrouped with a 2006 tour, then put out ‘Into the Sun‘ in 2008, followed by 2012’s ‘Love Stories & Other Musings’, and now they are back, with the new album ‘Disappearing In Airports’.

Candlebox remains one of the most highly requested and played groups on radio, including the band’s mega hits ‘Far Behind’ and ‘You’.

Candlebox live / JANUARY 2017 / U.K TOUR (with special guests, Jeff Angell’s Staticland)

17th – READING – Sub 89
18th – SOUTHAMPTON – Talking Heads
20th – SHEFFIELD – The Plug
21st – NEWCASTLE – Think Tank
22nd – GLASGOW – G2
24th – WOLVERHAMPTON – Slade Rooms
25th – CARDIFF – The Globe
26th – BRISTOL – The Fleece
27th – LONDON – Underworld
28th – MILTON KEYNES – Crauford Arms

Candlebox is:

Kevin Martin – Vocals
Dave Krusen – Drums
Mike Leslie – Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Brian Quinn – Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Adam Kury – Bass

The new album ‘Disappearing In Airports’ is out now!

For more information visit Candlebox.