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The Black Hounds

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!

GMT - Torous

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.

Garry Bennett - Phoenix Rising

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!

Mac Smith - The Nics

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!

Robert Harvey and Jack Budd - Singing Towards Disaster

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.

Joe Cleaver - The Black Hounds

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.

Luke Winship and Ant Wright - The Black Hounds

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.

JD & The FDC’s

‘Recognise’ album review.

It’s not very often that you will find me putting fingers to keyboard to write an album review but having watched JD and the FDCs live on several occasions and literally seen them ricochet through an audience, the opportunity to turn my attention to their new album release ‘Recognise’ was way too tempting to pass up on.

RecogniseTo state the obvious and say that JD and the FDCs are a rock ‘n’ roll band does not quite cover it as there is quite a bit more to them than that. With the main artery of the band having a mixture of New Wave, Post Punk and even an element of Punk Pop running through it, their overall sound is quite individual and in an age when so many bands sound alike, these guys have created a vein that can speak for itself.

The first song and title track of the album, ‘Recognise’, sets the mood for what is to follow and lyrically, it is a great representation of what makes JD and the FDCs tick, perhaps a bit tongue in cheek at times but that is simply part of their subtle charm. Musically, this song sits in a similar style to that of ‘Ujpest Doza’ and ‘Never Gonna Stop’, as it is full to brimming with the signature bevy of ‘lads’ harmonies, catchy choruses and the rich amalgamation of stinging guitar lines and unrelenting rhythms from the drums and bass.

Moving on down through the track listing we come to a little number that has easily earned its place on the album though its own success as title track of the bands last EP. ‘Burn This City Down’ is a pure thoroughbred JD and the FDCs anthem and destined to live on long after Jamie Delerict’s cap is old and threadbare – now there’s a thought!

There are two tracks on the album that in my opinion really stand out above the others, with the first one being ‘The Secret’. Boasting a sound akin to The B-52’s but laced with an unconventionally whiff of Sham 69, this is the type of song that can blissfully haunt you all day long to the point of insomnia. However, song of the album for me simply had to be the unconventional spaghetti western type parody, ‘This Town Of Infamy’. With its catchy chorus loaded up with a smart play on words and its outlandish musical arrangement, my poor vivid imagination was powerless to to fight off the images of tumbleweed blowing through the studio ….. and there aren’t many songs that I can recall to have done that before!

Credits on the album also reveal a wealth of musical cohorts in this venture which includes Dez Cadena, Johnny Bonnel, Acey Slade, Richard Bacchus, Jesse Luscious, Andee Blacksugar, Carol Hodge, Rob Lane and Amy “Lita” Dumas, former WWE Diva and lead singer with the Atlanta punk rockers, The Luchagors.

After all is said and done, what JD and the FDCs have created here is something that captures their sound, their wit and their rock till you drop attitude and for those of us who appreciate such qualities in their music, I doubt this album will disappoint.

Review by Sue Wardle.

Martyr de Mona

Skillet 13.10.14

2014 is one of those years that West Midlands based band Martyr de Mona, will hold some pretty amazing memories of, as this has been the year when their second album ‘Impera’ brought home rave reviews and gave them not one but two outstanding single, with the latest one being the heart hitting ‘Gravity Breaks’.

2014 has also been a great year to see Martyr de Mona live, with a twelve date tour taking them far and wide across England and Wales and including their outstanding home town gig at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton – and believe me when I say outstanding, as I was there!

October is set to see the band back on that same stage again but this time in support of the world renowned Memphis rock band, Skillet and as you can imagine, this is going to be a night that in no way should be missed!

‘We’re excited to be asked to join the impressive line up at the Wulfrun Hall in support of Skillet. We didn’t expect to be back at the Wulfrun so soon after our headline show back in April. Many thanks to the Civic for the opportunity. We hope to see as many people as possible there supporting us and Liberty Lies and showing the Americans how the Midlands rock!’ Louis – MDM

Check out the new single Gravity Breaks from the album Impera NOW

Tickets for this event can be purchased through Martyr de Mona themselves, by following the link.