Piston/ My Great Affliction/ In Dantes Eclipse/ Shyne/ GlassBullet and Paralus.
Fixxion Warehouse Project Wolverhampton 7th September 2013.
I’d been looking forward to Saturday 7th September for several weeks now as it promised the first airing and much anticipated launch of Wolverhampton’s latest unsigned adventure, Exposure – the Heavy Rock Edition. Quite a few familiar and regionally established bands on this evening’s line up, but from what I had already learned about this gig and the way in which it was to be rolled out, what we were about to receive had been designed to be different.
So what exactly was it about tonight that was going to make this event different? First thing to mention was the venue itself as the Fixxion Warehouse is just that! Industrial in both its design and original function but with great potential for a live music event due to it being reminiscently familiar to those good old days when you went to a club for the music not the plush interior! Second point to note was the fact that our host for the night was no less than Wyatt Wendels of Planet Rock Radio fame and not just content in settling for that formidable role alone, Wyatt had also lined up interviews with the bands themselves with the intention of these being played back to the audience prior to each groups individual sets. Finally, the event was also being streamed live on the internet, so a spot of international exposure was also on the cards aswell for all those performing tonight!
After a delay with sound checks, Paralus had the honour of getting the show up and running and their opening song ‘Mary Jane’, gave us the chance to experience the cornucopia of influences that exist within their style. With audible traits that range through from metal to progressive rock, these guys have a sound that warrants further exploration, as I suspect you could listen to any one of their songs several times over and discover something new with each visit. Some good vibes going out to Paralus from the audience and a great start to the night!
Our next band to take to the stage tonight are definitely a band moving forward in the right direction. GlassBullet consistently keep going from strength to strength and with so many great songs in their repertoire, their brand of rock ‘n’ roll intensity is fast becoming nothing less than torrential. Their set tonight saw new dude Alex Caldicott behind the drum kit and albeit I’m sad to see that Bradley Hopkins has moved on to pastures new, I was also mightily impressed by the power what Alex has brought with him into the band. So as one chapter ends a new one begins and a pretty positive one it looks set to be aswell!
Third on the bill tonight were the charismatic rockers, Shyne and whether the melodic strains born of the 80’s stadium bands are your bag or not, these guys sure know how to lift ya spirits and put on a performance! They say ‘Time stands still for no man’, well neither does Toni Gale, as when it comes to working the stage and putting on a show, he certainly means business! Looking at Shyne’s Facebook page, they have some pretty good gig’s coming up on their horizon, so keep your eyes on these guys as they’ve got a busy time ahead!
With tonight’s event now reaching the half way mark, the next band up on stage were In Dantes Eclipse. The one thing that has always impressed me about this band is the way in which they continually evolve and tonight they looked and sounded the best I have ever seen them. Tonight’s set kicked off with ‘Demons’ which in itself is a proper little masterpiece. Not only does it personify everything that In Dantes Eclipse represent, but it also showcases the individual talents of all those within the band. The rest of their set continued in this same vein and with the last note of ‘Gravediggers Wife’ heralding the end of their set, the only thoughts ricocheting around my head were ‘Wow, bloody wow!’
Our penultimate band of the night were My Great Affliction and it was at this point in the evening, that I felt the mood in the warehouse change. With audience numbers starting to reduce, the whole night seemed to take on more of a private party feel and that was a vibe that My Great Affliction simply seemed to thrive off! MGA gave us a bulldozer of a performance, with their rock being infinitely hard, heavy and tougher than granite on a cold day. Their set tonight also gave us the chance to hear the soon to be released single ‘Sick and Tired’, so keep your eyes peeled for that one because it’s a gud ‘un!
Well, the witching hour had now been and gone and with a fair few die hards still hankering for more, the time had come for Piston to put their almighty mark on tonight’s event. Piston have only been together for approximately twelve months but in that short time, they have developed a great level of dexterity and a stage performance that is heading directly towards a league of it’s own! And with Piston giving us just about everything we could have asked, including a wealth of original songs, a couple of great covers and limitless energy both on and off the stage, the first event for Exposure, finally drew to a close.
A lot of time, thought and organisation has clearly been put into creating Exposure and without doubt, this was never meant to be just another gig! I came away from Fixxion tonight feeling that despite this being their virgin promotion, what they had delivered and all the exposure that the bands had received, made for a pretty impressive first night and nothing less than one ‘eck of a great gig!
Roll on the next one!
Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.