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Hils Ovation

Tonight’s Hils Ovation gig has been a much anticipated one in my gigging calendar, as it is set to mark the release of ‘Torousnew album ‘Mindfield’ and getting this rather special night underway, were the Birmingham/Stourbridge based rock/prog band, Unchanged.

Having already been intrigued by the content of their biography over on the band’s Facebook page, there was clearly a lot more to Unchanged than that which you initially see on the surface. Describing themselves as a concept seems to have opened wide the flood gates for the many musical influences they collectively hold and these varying genres just flow like a raging river through their songs. The bands skill on stage was equally as intriguing and I for one, was definitely left wanting more!

Adam Martin - Unchanged

Our second band of the night were Cause To Effect and over the past few years, these guys have steadily earned themselves a much respected reputation and quite rightly so, as these guys always deliver the kind of hard rockin sound that never fails to leave a great lasting impression. Whilst tonight’s set felt like quite a short one, it still hit the spot and with the band just about ready to play their headlining show over at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton on 20th May, which is also the official launch for the new albumCircumstantial Creatures’, then there’s not too long to wait for some more Cause To Effect!

Ged Green - Cause To Effect

One of the great things that I always love about a Hils Ovation night, is that it gives me the chance to discover some of the great up and coming bands from across the region and our next band of the night, Signs Of Fire, most definitely fall into that specific category! If you could bottle the on stage energy and presence of this band, then you’d never have a bad day again as the vibe that they deliver on stage, is really quite something. With the band currently in the process of recording some new material, I can’t wait to hear the finished product, so I will be keeping my ears and eyes open for more updates on that and wholeheartedly recommend that you do too!

Tommy Smith and Liam Dyer - Signs Of Fire

There is nothing quite like an intriguing band name to get me curious and when presented with a name such as Bad Llama – I’m hooked straight away! Hailing from the Burton In Trent area, Bad Llama have set about creating an all consuming alternative rock sound that carries its own individual stamp which is very easy to get engrossed in. Bad Llama are set to return to the studio shortly to record their second EP, so keep your eyes and ears open for more news from them on that too.

Kyle Jordan - Bad Llama

When our headlining band first came on the scene back in 2014, there was something about them that had me hooked from the very first encounter. For a band such as Torous, there is no limit to the heart, soul and depth that they capture within their music and with each new track that they pen, they always succeed in creating something quite spell binding. Recent months have seen the band busy writing and spending time in the studio with the final outcome being the glittering prize and rather spectacular debut album, ‘Mindfield’, whose launch was now upon us.

Marc Malone - Torous

Torous’s headlining set was very much welcomed by the O2 Academy3 audience and it was apparent from the get go, that ‘Mindfield’ makes for as much of an invigorating live experience as the recorded material does, when it comes pouring out of your home speakers. The set included the album pretty much in its entirety with only a few tracks omitted and Torous more than did it justice – this album will most definitely be a big smash with fans old and new.

Tonight’s set list from Torous consisted of: 1.Sideline (intro track) 2.Frontline 3.I Am 4.Colours 5.Close My Eye 6.Seven 7.Nine 8.Mindfield 9.God Game Suicide 10.Shadow Self

Tonight’s event was the kind of gig that lights up the path for the future of these five great bands and it’s gonna be one that I shall certainly class as a highlight of 2017. Big thanks have to go out aswell to Hils for making it happen and also to the sound engineer for giving us A+ sound and lighting tonight.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

The One Hundred

Rock City Basement Nottingham 6.5.17

Tonight was more of a personal conquest, than anything else. Having seen The One Hundred a while back, when they played the closing day of the first and so far only Rockcomm in London, I was suitably impressed. Sadly, on that occasion, the lighting was terrible and I got no usable shots, so tonight was more about satisfying my own personal goal, to get some half decent shots of a well decent band!

The One Hundred

Before the main act, there was one other band on tonight and they go by the name of Massmatiks. This four-piece, hail from the big smoke and are indeed explosive, as described by themselves. These guys were the perfect accompaniment to support The One Hundred and got the Basement jumping – quite literally!


Having released their fourth single ‘Meat’, it would appear that they are starting to gather momentum and with a healthy amount of followers, these guys are starting to turn heads and taking names, along the way! Not usually my sort of music but these guys were so energetic and fun to watch live, I couldn’t help but get into them, as they were very entertaining. Well done lads, if I see you appear on a bill in the future, I’ll be sure to head over and check you out, to see how you’ve developed.

Martin Linch - Massmatiks

Band members consist of the following;
George Peploe – Vocals
Joe Turner – Guitar
Martin Linch – Bass
Josh Stagg – Drums

Tonight was a real triumph for The One Hundred, in my eyes. Having only played here in Nottingham once before, when they supported Papa Roach in the main room, they had never played here before as a main headline band and seeing as this was their first ever headline tour, they were nervous about playing here and the numbers they’d get in to watch them. I can report, the crowd was of a healthy size, not too full, I’d say comfortable. I’m also happy to report, there was non of this ‘crowd killing’ bollox, that appears to taking place far too much these days, instead, there was some good old fashioned circle pits, with some respectable moshers within it.

Phil Kneller - The One Hundred

Their long overdue second album gets released on the 2nd of June via Relapse Records, titled ‘Chaos & Bliss‘ and believe it or not, I’m feeling their new single ‘Monster’ and the video that accompanies it – Ghostbuster fans will love it too! I especially love the fact that the bands lead singer, Jacob Field, is wearing what looks like a Pikachu onesie, in several of the scenes!

Jacob Field - The One Hundred

These guys are the future and it would appear, teenage girls, love these guys!

Although, a quick night out for a Saturday, it was most enjoyable – the crowd loved it, we loved it and the bands most certainly loved it too!

Band Members consist of the following;
Jacob Field – Vocals
Tim Hider – Guitar
Phil Kneller – Bass
Joe Balchin – Drums

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK).

These Wicked Rivers

EP Launch Show, The Hairy Dog Derby 28.4.17

These Wicked Rivers II EP launch was held at The Hairy Dog, although it had to be moved to a smaller room upstairs a few days prior, it was a great evening and made the event more of an intimate affair.

Kicking the night off was The Most Ugly Child. They are a six piece country band from Nottingham, albeit not a band I was expecting but I was very pleasantly surprised. With their debut album “Copper and Lace” now available, they played some of their own original songs including “What Might Have Been” and “Golden Gates“. With a tough rock crowd, they did an impressive job of warming the crowd up and I’m sure they will have gained a few more fans.

Daniel Wright - The Most Ugly Child

Next up were Black Rose Cadillac and I had heard so many good things about this band so I was really looking forward to seeing them for myself. I was not disappointed! They are a five piece rock band from the Midlands who are certainly on the up. A favourite song of mine was their new single ” The Devils Road“, I urge you all to give it a listen. They had an electrifying stage presence and great hard rock n roll, Black Rose Cadillac certainly geared the crowd up and I look forward to seeing them again.

Myles Cooper - Black Rose Cadillac

It was now time for These Wicked Rivers, with everyone now packed in like sardines everyone was geared up to listen to the long awaited EP “II”. As expected they played the EP in its entirety and was most definitely worth the wait. The crowd did not disagree, the room was well and truly rocking. My favourite being “Wicked River Blues” and a good one to start the set with. I loved the guys version of Rag and Bone Mans “Humans”, certainly something a little  different.

Dan Southall - These Wicked Rivers

The encore bought them back with two covers like you’ve never heard before, Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” and Coolio’s “Gangsters Paradise”. A great night was had by all and the guys should be very proud of themselves, the second EP is fantastic. I am now eagerly awaiting their debut album!

John Hartwell - These Wicked Rivers

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.